Young Barnet forward George Sykes has returned to Bishop’s Stortford on loan until the New Year.

The 19-year-old forward was listed for loan by head coach Martin Allen earlier in the summer in order to get him first team football and will now join the Bishops on loan until January 1.

Speaking ahead of his return to the Conference South side, Sykes told the club’s website it was “good to know” where he would be for the next four months.

He said: “It is good to know what I am doing for the next few months now. I feel like I have had a good pre-season behind me and I think it is important for me to go away and get games and prove myself as much as I can.

“That’s the aim for me, to score as many as I can and put in some good performances. It is really important that I come back a better player to when I arrive.”

The Buckhurst Hill-born striker continued: “Martin has told me that he wants me to go away and get games in men’s football as much as I can and hopefully that can help with my development moving forward.

“It is good to know that is the way that he sees it because I see it like that. I’m not just going out because I’m surplus to requirements, it is for my development and hopefully I’ll come back a better player and be able to push my way into the first team here.”

Sykes spent last season on loan with Bishop’s Stortford, Farnborough Town and St Albans City, helping the Saints win promotion into the Conference South.

Top-scorer in the country at Under-18 level in the 2011/12 season, Sykes made his Bees debut against Bristol Rovers in August 2012, before signing his first professional contract in November of the same year.

Sykes is eligible to make his Bishops debut today against former loan club St Albans City.