Another goalkeeper has come on trial with the Bees, Reading’s Mikkel Andersen.
Andersen official comes to Underhill on work experience, but Paul Fairclough will be taking a look at the youngster with a view of signing him on a season-long loan as understudy to Lee Harrison.
Aged 19, Danish goalkeeper Andersen joined the Royals earlier this year in the January transfer window after he became the youngest keeper to play first team football in Denmark’s highest league.
Fairclough has managed to secure Andersen’s services for two pre-season games, one of which he played yesterday, keeping a clean sheet in the 80 or so minutes he played against Bishop’s Stortford.
At 6’5′, Andersen put in a fine performance, doing what he had to do against a mediocre opposition attack. Andersen has now been called up by the Denmark Under-20 manager for the international side’s cup competition.
It means he will miss Barnet’s game away to Northwood and St Albans on Saturday and Tuesday, respectively. But he should return to play in Barnet’s final pre-season friendly at Histon which will give Fairclough one final opportunity to look at the teenager.
Andersen follows a host of trialist goalkeepers who are trying to impress Fairclough. So far taken up have been West Ham’s David Blackmore, PROTEC’s Tim Trebbs, Luton Town’s Robert Beckwith and Dundee United’s Derek Stillie, with more set to join in Barnet’s training sessions between now and the end of the transfer window on August 31, if needs be, as Fairclough looks for the man he needs.