Jamie Stephens found himself on the sidelines for 11 weeks following a grade two tear in his groin, immediately followed by a similar tear in his hamstring.
The time he spent out of action was mentally tough for the shot stopper, and he credits the clubs medical staff with keeping him positive throughout his rehab.
“Mentally, being injured is a lonely place. You watch the lads out on the pitch and want to join in.
In recovery you have to stay focused and do the right things for your body, while mentally challenging yourself as well.”
“People around me here at the club put me right. They helped me progress and push on again.
We have some great characters on the staff here.
Now I’m back feeling good and feeling fit.”
Jamie’s career path has led him to some big clubs, signing his first professional contract at 17.
He started off playing local league as a youngster before moving to his boyhood club Forest Green Rovers.
From there Jamie went to Swindon Town where he was offered a scholarship.
A year into that scholarship, Liverpool came knocking and Jamie signed professionally with them at 17.
Once his time on Merseyside came to an end, Jamie moved to Newport County for two years before finally making his way to Barnet.
Still only 23, Jamie has plenty of ambition to play at the highest possible level he can.
“I just want to stay fit and play for as long as I can.
I’m trying to make as many appearances as I can, and progress with Barnet as far as we can go.”
However, Jamie understands that football doesn’t last forever and is already laying plans for life after his playing days.
“I’m looking at lots of different options.
A sport science degree, I’ve done my level two coaching, I help my girlfriend with her business - there’s lots going on!
I’ve been to transitional events and know there are plenty of possibilities after the game.”
That said, Jamie is still very much committed to life in between the sticks, and considers signing his second contract here at Barnet as one of his finest achievements.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Barnet so far. The fans have been brilliant to me.
Coming here has been a pleasure.
I’ve really settled into the area, got to know a lot of people, and am really enjoying it.”