Paul Fairclough has not offered new contracts for Andy Hessenthaler and Paul Warhurst.
Fairclough has contined his selection of players from the current squad that he wants to offer new contracts to, and now Hessy and Warhurst will be departing Underhill on Saturday, the final game of the season against Wycombe Wanderers.
Both players were signed during last season’s January transfer window and their experienced heads in the lineup were key in ensuring Barnet beat the drop a year after being promoted to the Football League. Hessy, with his no-nonsence action in the heart of the midfield was particularly favourable among supporters.
On the decision to release the duo, Fairclough said: ‘Both players have been fantastic for the club. They joined us at Christmas 2005, steadied the ship and were instrumental in the side avoiding relegation. Both are consumate professionals and both have been big influences on the younger players.’
Hessy will turn 42 at the beginning of the next football season, and will be considering his options on where he wants to head after this week-end. He has been linked with a number of managerial jobs since joining from Gilligham (he was player-manager there) and has experessed a keen interest in returning to a mangerial role, but added that should the opportunity arise to play more football, he would consider the offer very seriously.
He told the Official Barnet website: ‘I have options to consider. It is no secret that I want to get back into management or coaching, but if an opportunity came to play on I feel I am up to it and will give it some thought. I have really enjoyed my time with Barnet and wish them every success for the future. It is a good a club.’
Meanwhile Warhurst also said he wanted to continue his footballing career for at least another year and will be looking for a new club this summer. He too, like Hessenthaler, has been restricted to minimal appearances for the team this season. Wearing the number 16 shirt, he has made 30 appearances for the club; Hessenthaler (no. 15) has made 42 appearances for Barnet, scoring twice – both away to Peterborough United.
Fairclough is continuing his major squad revamp ahead of next season, having already released Richard Graham, Adam Gross and Jason Norville and having offered new contracts to Lee Harrison and Joe Devera.