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Discussing the departures of Dominic Vose, Jamal Lowe and George Sykes from Barnet
Three players have departed Barnet in the past week, with all of them having many reasons as to why they should still be at the club.
Centre-midfielder Dominic Vose left the club by mutual consent, with him wanting to pursue first-team football at a crucial stage of his career.
In previous fan's views, I have made my opinion clear on Vose; that he is an incredibly bright prospect that, with nurturing and the right development, could turn into a key player for us and can go far.
This is a decision the club could rue in the future, with him showing his undoubted ability in all the training sessions I went to as well as pre-season. Despite this, he was never given the opportunity to shine - all his efforts to break into the side were in vain, and you can argue that he was never given a fair shot to excel.
I hope this is something which isn't beset on talented young strikers Jamal Lowe and George Sykes, who were the other players to leave the Bees, albeit on loan. Both have been exceptional at youth level, while Sykes was awarded the 'League Two Apprentice of the Year' last season.
Unfortunately, due to the phenomenal form of Jake Hyde, neither have a great chance of breaking into the team this season. Their worthy cases for inclusion are not helped by a reluctance to stick with one up front, with the Dutch contingent preferring to utilise a 4-3-3 formation.
With Edgar Davids having Hyde, Marciano Mengerink and Harry Crawford as the striker options for the matchday squad, it makes sense for Sykes and Lowe to leave the club temporarily to gain much needed match time.
Sykes has joined Skrill South outfit Bishops Stortford for three months, which provides an ideal breeding ground to get games and goals in the division below us.
With no disrespect intended to Hitchin Town though, they were not the right club for Jamal Lowe to go to.
He scored three goals in six games on-loan at Skrill South sides Hayes and Yeading and Boreham Wood last season, so dropping down a further division makes no sense. Yes, he will certainly get goals in the Southern Premier League, but testing him at a higher level - which he has already shown his capability at - would have been far more fruitful.
With one prospect having left, and another two having to go out on-loan due to a lack of opportunities, I hope this does not signal the start of young players at the club not being given the chances they need.
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