Jason Puncheon has delighted fans in signing a new contract with Barnet.
The new deal, which was signed yesterday on the first day of pre-season training, was an extended one year agreement with the Bees manager Paul Fairclough and chairman Tony Kleanthous that will keep him at the club until 2009.
The news has meant a great deal to Barnet followers who truly know the talent the winger has and is now pleased the player and his commited himself to the club. Nicky Bailey and Simon King had already moved up the Football League this summer and the loss of Puncheon would have been a massive blow to the Bees who would be left with very few players still remaining from last season, and moreso losing one who’s creative and technical abilities make him arguably Barnet’s best player to watch from the stands.
Plus, Puncheon has scored some cracking goals, notably the Barnet’s Goal of the Season against Colchester United in the FA Cup that sent the Bees through to a historic fourth round tie. He turned his marker and sent a thunderous shot into the top corner from the edge of the area gave the Bees the 2-1 win and his brilliant volley from outside the box at Shrewsbury was the 2nd best of the season. He main contribution has come by assists from the left flank because his pace and skill means he can get behind defenders and send in dangerous crosses.
He originally was only a trialist for the Bees before moving onto a month-by-month contract to keep him on his toes, but he’s now proved his worth for a long-term contract and not just a one-year one like many of the Barnet players.
The news also means that a decent transfer fee would be received if the Bees decide to sell Puncheon, though it would probably through the amount of money received or a transfer request from the player if this was to happen, rather than the club deciding to let the player go willingly.