Barnet have taken Benjamin Wright on trial.
Wright is a 27 year old Englishman who plays his football for IK Start, a Norwegian club in the Norway’s top league, and the Bees have managed to capture the striker on trial and it looks like an excellent move from Paul Fairclough who may have found his man to lead the Barnet attack next season.
Wright wears the number 9 shirt for Start, and in two successive seasons – 2003 and 2004 (Norway’s season is different to the English one so they are currently midway through a campaign), scoring 28 goals 59 appearances, a rate of almost 1 goal every 2 games, and resultantly becoming the club’s top scorer. He picked up just four yellow cards and has not been sent off in his time with Start.
However in recent seasons he has been plagued by injury and has been unable to recover sufficiently to take part of Start’s seasons; in the past three seasons he’s notched up just 11 appearances for his club. His worst injury has been a broken leg but now that Wright is recovered, Fairclough is hoping he can regain the excellent form he showed for Start in his first two seasons.
Before moving to Start, Wright was at another Norwegian club, the highly successful Viking FK. There he scored his most important goal, against Chelsea in the UEFA Cup which turned out to be crucial as Viking knocked out the Premiership side.
In the early stages of his career, he was at the books with Kettering and Bristol City.
At 6’1′, Wright looks the perfect man to lead the Barnet attack next season and providing he does well in training and in the pre-season games with Bees have to play in, Fairclough may have found an great player to add to the Barnet squad.