Date: 17th July 2015 at 8:02am
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Conor Clifford, following his release by Southend at the end of last season, isn’t going to get a permanent Barnet contract at this point in time. The former Chelsea youngster still could but Martin Allen has other priorities at the moment.

Allen brought in Tom Champion and Clifford has been training with us, on and off, since his Southend release making his return, having missed the Crystal Palace defeat, for the St Albans City win on Tuesday.

The Bees manager and midfielder had a long chat at full time and when asked about a permanent contract Allen told the Times-Series this isn’t something he can offer Clifford at this stage.

‘At the moment there is not anything for Conor.

‘My main priority is to find a number two goalkeeper. I am looking for someone to backup Graham Stack. So until I have got that done no final decisions will be made.’

Clifford hasn’t had the door closed on him though as he knows he needs a strong enough squad to compete and wants to ‘learn from mistakes’ made previously.

He added that he does have other options coming through at the club though.

‘I have urged Conor to keep his self-belief.

‘I have had to sign another central midfield player (Tom Champion) because going up a division you have got to be careful, you have got to be cautious and you have got to be stronger. I need to learn from the mistakes I made at Gillingham.

‘I have got other players – Luke Gambin, Mauro Vilhete – coming through so at the moment I can’t take Conor.’

A ‘keeper, based in or around London – or one that would relocate, at his cost, to London – that would happily be Graham Stack’s deputy is Allen’s priority with him also keen to work with a small squad too.

With 17 first-team players in this so far he’s got two, maybe three, places up for grabs. One will be this ‘keeper, the other he would like to be experienced trialist defender Michael Nelson so despite the door not being closed on the 23-year-old it isn’t looking for got Clifford really is it?


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