Kenny Gillet has turned down Barnet’s offer but Paul Fairclough plans to hold talks with the left-back to persuade him to change his mind.
Gillet, 22, impressed whilst on trial in games against St. Albans and Watford and was offered a deal last week before returning to France. He spent a few days thinking over the decision, having been released from Caen this summer, but has decided to turn down the Bees’ offer, perhaps with another ‘bigger’ club interested in him.
Fairclough told Barnet’s website that initially ‘the reaction was positive’ and that in fact the boss ‘received a text giving his acceptance to the offer.’
But within an hour Gillet had ‘changed his mind and turned the offer down’ when Fairclough called him after receving the text message.
It’s a big blow to Barnet who have been tracking left-backs all summer to give Nicky Nicolau competition and seem to have finally found their man only for the offer to be rejected – the second in a week following Ben Wright’s rejection of Barnet’s contract offer.
‘That’s not necessarily the end of the matter though. I plan to get back to him this week-end,’ said Fairclough who is still hopefully of persuading him to join Barnet.