Date: 1st June 2007 at 10:47am
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Ismail Yakubu has agreed a new deal with Barnet that will keep him with the club until 2009.

At just 22 years of age, the solid defender has made 175 appearances for the club since his debut as a teenager.

He and transfer-listed Simon King formed a partnership that was ‘as good as any’ last season, according to Paul Fairclough; he played 33 times last season after earning the central defence slot from the now departed Paul Warhurst and Anthony Charles, until a few games remaining of the season, where it was decided to have the hip operation so that he could be back and ready for action pre-seasont training.

Although he partner is set to leave for a bigger club, Yaks has committed his future to the club where he progressed through the youth academy – he joined the Bees before he had even become a teenager.

And Yakubu said he is determined to achieve more with the club – having helped the side earn promotion from the Conference to the Football League – by aiding next season’s squad to a position where they can climb further up the Football League.

‘I am delighted to sign on again and am looking forward to helping the club progress up the ladder to League One,’ he said.

‘Barnet has been a big part of my life since I arrived at the club as a 12-year-old and I look to further improve my game and help boost the performance of the team’.

As a fan, I know I’m delighted with the news. He showed a lot of improvement last season and I can really see him developing over the next two years into a truly superb player.

Meanwhile, the Bees look set to lose transfer-listed star duo King and Nicky Bailey, after officials from the club admitted they were negotiating transfer fees from clubs up higher leagues who are chasing them.

PR man Dennis Signy told Barnet’s official website: “If what Barnet FC consider realistic offers come in for the players they will be considered, just because a player is listed does not mean that he is a bargain basement offer.”

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