We are delighted that Ben Barrett has become the latest name to commit for another season at Marsh Lane.
The midfielder stepped up to the Oxford City first team last season, having graduated through the Academy programme at the club. Despite only making a handful of appearances, he really showed his talent in these opportunities, particularly in the FA Trophy against Maidenhead and Maidstone, before he moved to North Leigh on loan towards the end of the season.
Mark Jones has seen Ben progress right from the moment that he joined the Academy as an U17, and is extremely pleased with how he’s progressed in his time at the club:
"We’re pleased Ben has signed a contract for this season. I felt that, as a club, we wanted to reward him for his consistency over the past three seasons. He’s one that’s come through our academy, and we want to try and always keep that pathway open to young players if I possibly can, and I think Ben’s development and improvement in his game since he came to us as an U17s player has been excellent."
"He’s worked ever so hard, he’s improved year-on-year, and I think looking at some of his performances last season, particularly against Maidenhead in the FA Trophy, he’s shown that he’s more than capable."
"He had a good spell on loan at North Leigh at the end of last season, and the feedback from there was very good, and I just felt that Ben has been working hard and he deserves his opportunity to be part of the first team squad next season, and we wanted to show our faith to him by putting him on a contract."
"It shows to all young players at the club that if you’re working hard and playing well, we want to give them an opportunity. I see both him and Craig Fasanmade playing a big part for us this season."
"We’re pleased that we could get this sorted, and Ben knows there will be big competition for places in midfield with the likes of Jack Self, Reece Fleet, Josh Ashby and Zac McEachran. It’s going to be tough for him, but he’s willing to fight and I’m pleased with his progress in the academy in his time at the club."