Date: 10th August 2007 at 3:39pm
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Lee Harrison says he is enjoying the club captaincy role he has been given, even though he has not spent much time with the arm-band on the pitch in pre-season.

Harrison was appointed club captain earlier in the summer but due to early season injury problems he has hardly played any friendlies, with trialist Robert Beckwith the main man taking over between the sticks after a number of other goalkeeper trialists were released after failing to impress.

‘It’s probably worked out OK because we’ve now got, hopefully Ismail (Yakubu) will probably be captain on the pitch as he did again today (against Histon) and I have been doing my club captain role from the sidelines as you’ve probably seen,’ he told BBC London Radio. ‘That’s what it involves,’ he explains, ‘helping the young players of the pitch and being a figurehead off of it. I’m enjoying that side of it as well.’

But now his thigh injury has been releaved and he can resume training as he faces a race to get fit for the league opener at Morecambe: ‘It’s (the injury) been fine. The last week I’ve done a bit of rehab on it now and it’s probably been OK for the last week but the manager and the physio have pulled the reins on me a little bit this week just to say ‘look, make sure it’s dead right before you start doing whatever you’re going to do in training.’ So all systems go Monday: full training.’

Harrison has been watching his debutee, Beckwith, from the sidelines during pre-season and believes he has the potential to become Barnet’s number one in the future.

‘Rob did really well at Luton, came into the side and played in the Championship there, missed a season due to injury to his knee and I think probably in the first couple of games he looked rusty,’ Harrison said. ‘But he’s gradually got better and better and I think hopefully if he comes in and gets the full-time training he’ll improve. That’s part of my dual-role here at the club. I’m available to play but we’re looking for someone young to come in and take up that mantle and produce and help them go on.’

Beckwith is expected to be handed a permanant deal this week after keeping four clean sheets during the pre-season schedule. And Harrison says that he must get himself ready for the trip to Christie Park or face an appearance on the substitutes bench because of the dilemma over whether to play Beckwith or Harrison.

‘The boys have done themselves no problems today, putting in a 4-0 win in, so hopefully put a problem for the manager. But all I can do is get myself fit and available for next week and if we play again like that hopefully we’ll have three points.

And the players’ mind sets is ‘quiety confident’ he said, in agreement with Adam Birchall who revelead the confidence Paul Fairclough has put into them ahead of tomorow’s opener, which will put them in good stead for some early season form. ‘Obviously you never know; the big game’s next week against Morecambe because you can win all your pre-season games and then the football has that way of bringing you back to earth. But I think we’re quietly confident, we’ve got a good work ethic about us and we look physically strong so we’re going into it with the right frame of mind.’