Date: 18th May 2007 at 7:06pm
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Barnet have announced that Oliver Allen is leaving the club.

The news comes just four months after Allen, a member of the footballing family, joined the Bees on a free transfer from Birmingham City in January.

Allen has been on non-contract terms at Underhill, contrary to reports suggesting he has not been offered an ‘extended’ contract by the Bees. Allen’s agent, Alex Levack, said: “Oliver was not released, indeed he played for nothing at Barnet just to play.”

He scored in four successive matches, when he broke into the starting lineup in February, including the a goal past the record-breaking Stockport County keeper which ended his Football League record for clean sheets and Paul Fairclough was thankful for that: ‘I would like to thank Oliver for that sensational run of scoring for us.

His agent added: “Oliver enjoyed his time at Barnet but he is looking to further his career elsewhere (because)…he more than showed what he is capable of doing.”

And the future looks bright for the son of Clive, a former England international: “There are a number of options that we are now looking at for Oliver.”

Fairclough admitted the signing of Anthony Thomas meant he could not afford to keep Allen at the club, because the Hemel Hempstead striker is a similar player to Allen, but with more pace and ultimately, he felt Thomas would be a better player for Barnet than Allen in next season’s play-off push.

There’s been mixed reaction to the news…some predicting it was going to happen and trusting Fairclough’s decision to bring in a player from two divisions below League Two, whilst others believeing it was a strange decision to release a (so far) player who can score at this level. Admittedly, Allen hasn’t had too many starts for the club, and in those he has impressed. That brings up the question of, if it is a case of Allen not scoring enough goals, why is Liam Hatch – infamously known for his inability to score – still at the club? Sure, his hard work will always be a credit to him, but with a play-off target for next season, we need goalscorers.

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