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Young Bees pair join the Met on loan

12 October 2016

Shane Cojocarel and Ephron Mason-Clark have moved out on loan...

Barnet youngsters Shane Cojocarel and Ephron Mason-Clark have joined Isthmian Premier Division side Met Police on loan for a month.

The duo linked up with the Met prior to last night's 2-1 defeat to Worthing and both came off the bench in the second half.

Discussing the pair's loan move, Development Team Coach Rossi Eames said: "It's important for them get the experience of first-team men's football.

"Shane experienced it for three months last season at Billericay Town. He has gone to Met Police now to experience it again.

"He is all about scoring and creating goals and he has gone to Met Police to get senior minutes under his belt and grow as a player."

Mason-Clark, meanwhile, made his Bees debut in the Checkatrade Trophy game against Norwich City last week and this will be his first experience of senior football.

"Ephron is very young. He is a second-year scholar and he has just turned 17," said Eames.

"In pre-season he played nearly every minute with the Under-21s and coped very well physically and mentally. He is, like Shane, technically very good. Tactically it will be good for him to learn.

"It was fantastic to see Ephron make his first-team debut. It is another player coming through and shows all the hard work that has gone on at the club through years. 

"Ephron has been at the club a long time and that is the best part of the job, seeing young players make their mark on the first team."

Eames says the experience of playing in non-league football will be key to the duo's development as they work towards breaking into Martin Allen's first team in the longer term.

"It's about bridging the gap," he explained. "There will be different scenarios in games which they won't encounter at Under-21 level. 

"The physical side of things is a big point and something we address with these loan spells."

Former Barnet forward Jon Nurse, who won the Conference with the Bees in 2015, is now coaching at Imber Court where Ryan Gondoh - who left The Hive this summer - is playing too.

Eames detailed the importance of finding the best possible match for the club's young players when sending them out on loan.

"It is important we build relationships with the clubs around us - especially as we're based in London and there are lots of clubs", he said.

"For the last 18 months I have tried to increase my knowledge and build connections in non-league football.

"They have gone down there where Jon Nurse is. It is important for them to feel comfortable and Jon Nurse is a fantastic person and coach. 

"When we made the decision to send them there you have to think about how they will play and how it adapts to their style as well."

Good luck, Shane and Ephron!

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