And the list of players we’ll be saying goodbye to tomorrow just keeps on growing.
Another five Barnet players will be leaving after the final game of the season, tomorrow against Wycombe Wanderers. Four of whom are no surprise: transfer-listed Ross Flitney and Anthony Charles as well as Magno Vieira and Nicky Nicolau who havn’t been able to make an impact.
But there is somewhat surprise among supporters when the name Barry Cogan appeared on the list.
Winger Cogan has been a regular right-midfielder for the Bees this season, making 45 appearances at earning the squad a valuable 9 points from his three away goals (all of which where winning ones) this campaign.
Paul Fairclough is totally rebuilding his squad – more so than he did when he took over as manager in 2004, and he has now revealed 11 players that will be saying their goodbyes to Barnet.
Nicolau has been the understudy to the also leaving Adam Gross the most of the season, as he failed to break into the first team. He has played just 28 games n total this season, after signing for the Bees last summer. It now means that both left-backs will be leaving Underhill, and there is growing speculation that Simon King could indeed be converted to that position, however it is likely that he will stay in the centre of defence and Fairclough will be looking to sign a couple of left-backs before next season.
Charles, who has just returned from his loan deal at Aldershot Town, has also not been offered a contract, and the chances are, that he will be moving to a non-league club to further his career. Mistakes in matches have cost the team goals and at Football League level the team just cannot afford that. He was voted most improved player of the season is 2005/06 and has made 71 appearances for Barnet since joining. He has suggested that he may make the move to old-club Aldershot.
Keeper Flitney is on his way out, too, after being an understudy to Lee Harrison this season, and wanting regular first-team football. Of his 58 games of the club, he will be most remembered for his sending off in the fist minute of Barnet’s historic Carling Cup tie at Manchester United’s Old Trafford last season.
Meanwhile Vieira has failed to make any sort of positive impression on the squad since joining last season – making just 11 starts for the club (scoring 4 times), though most have come in the Herts Senior Cup run.
(NB. All stats include Herts Senior Cup)
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