Young Barnet forward George Sykes has been made available for loan ahead of the start of the 2014/15 season.

The 19-year-old striker spent time out on loan at Bishop's Stortford, Farnborough and St Albans City last season in order to get first-team matches under his belt.

Speaking to the club's website, head coach Martin Allen said: "This morning I had a good chat with George Sykes and let him know how impressive he has been throughout pre-season, which has been as a result of his hard work during the summer. 

"To help George with his development, in my opinion George needs to go out and play regular men's football, even though he is very close to our first team. 

"I must emphasise that this is a step forward for George and not a step backwards, he is a good one for the future."

Sykes joined the club as an Under-16 and made his first-team debut in 2012 against Bristol Rovers at the age of 17.

The 6ft 4in striker scored five times across his three separate loan spells away from The Hive last season, helping St Albans win promotion to the Conference South via the Southern League play-offs.