First of all, we’d like to once again thank you for your magnificent support throughout the course of last season; like yourselves, we are immensely proud of what has been achieved on the pitch in the last campaign. We also hope that those of you who came to our two screenings at the Legends Bar enjoyed being back at The Hive London.
We are now pleased to be able to update you all on a few matters that will be of interest.
As many of you know, several of our first team players’ contracts expired following the completion of last season. All players were offered the same terms as extensions for our playoff campaign and all but four players accepted the short extension to their contracts.
We respect the decisions of those who opted to leave before our play-offs, with two players accepting offers with Football League clubs.
All players were offered new deals for next season, albeit the finances attached to those deals were less than previous terms that were paid when we were in the EFL. This reflects the position that all Clubs at our level are in, although we have suffered the double whammy of the loss of relegation parachute payments, as well as the pandemic.
We are sorry to see those players go but with some having offers at clubs higher up the football pyramid, we completely respect their decisions. They leave with our thanks and best wishes for the future.
The following players contracts have now expired:
Rihards Matrevics, Elliott Johnson, Ricardo Santos, David Tutonda, Martyn Box , Loic Hernandez, Charlee Adams, Simeon Akinola, Mauro Vilhete, Medy Elito, Roy Syla, Shaquile Coulthirst.
In Mauro Vilhete and Elliott Johnson, we have two long-standing players departing after a combined total of 19 years of incredible service to the Club. Both leave us with legendary status and will always be well-respected members of the Barnet FC family.
We can confirm the following players remain under contract ahead of the new season:
Scott Loach, James Dunne, Alfie Pavey, Harry Taylor, Wes Fonguck, Aymen Azaze, Josh Walker, Ephron Mason-Clark, Xander McBurnie, Antonis Vasiliou and Jack Tompkins.
As always at this time of the season, rumours will circulate online about what has and has not been offered by the Club. We will always do our best to keep you posted with developments in regard to contracts and advise fans to take some of the silly online rumours with a pinch of salt!
As you will be aware from previous statements, Head Coach Darren Currie and First Team Coach Junior Lewis have contracts that expire in September 2020. Discussions regarding budgets, recruitment and plans for their position are ongoing. We hope to be able to bring more clarity on the situation very soon.
Once again thanks for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you back at our home as soon as it is safe to do so.