Experienced striker signs for Barnet.Barnet FC are delighted to announce the signing of striker Kevin Lisbie on a one-year deal.
The 36-year-old, who was released by Leyton Orient this summer, joins the club with a wealth of experience that has seen him score over one hundred goals throughout the Football League during a career that has spanned nearly two decades.
Lisbie scored 46 goals in 97 starts for the O’s after joining in 2011, including 16 during the 2013/14 season that saw Orient narrowly miss out on promotion to the Championship after losing on penalties to Rotherham United in the League One Play-Off Final.
The Jamaican international, who began his career with Charlton who he went on to represent in the Premier League, has also played for Colchester United and Ipswich Town as well as enjoying loan spells with Gillingham, Reading, Queen’s Park Rangers, Norwich City, Derby County, Millwall and most recently Stevenage last season.
Commenting on his decision to move to The Hive, Kevin said that he was relishing the chance to use his experience to help Barnet hit the ground running back in the Football League:
“After speaking to the manager about what the team achieved last season and what he wants to do next year it was a no-brainer for me. I wanted to be a part of it and hopefully I can help the club achieve some good things next year.
“League Two will be a bit different so I think the team will need that little bit of experience. It is a long campaign so I would hope to be able to help the lads both on and off the pitch.
“I am looking to bring my knowledge and my experience to help other people score goals but at the same time I am a striker, so I will obviously be looking to score plenty of goals myself.
“I had a difficult time last year so I am just happy to get a fresh start and have the chance to get playing again.”
Meanwhile Martin Allen expressed his delight at the capture of his new striker whilst recalling when Kevin really caught his eye:
“I saw Kevin play sixteen months ago for Orient at Brisbane Road and he was the outstanding player on the pitch and came off to a standing ovation.
“It is not often that I go to a football match and clap a substitute coming off - but he scored one, he made one, he played with energy and enthusiasm and linked up the play well. As he walked off most of the Orient players gave him a high-five as he left the field of play.
“We have got a good player and I am delighted that he has signed for us.”