Barnet midfielder Sam Cox believes his loan at Boreham Wood allowed him to get back to his best

Sam Cox with his player's player of the year award

Sam Cox with his player's player of the year award

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Sam Cox has expressed his gratitude to the staff at Boreham Wood for giving him the opportunity to play regular first team football.

The midfielder joined Wood on loan in November from Barnet and impressed in the heart of midfield.

His performances led to him being awarded the player’s player of the year award and Cox, who is out of contract with the Bees this summer, admitted he was delighted to win the honour.

“I feel the players know each other the best because you are playing and training together. It was a real honour being there from November and I worked hard throughout.

“I was doing double sessions at Barnet and then going to train with Boreham Wood in the evenings. So it’s not easily mentally because you come home after training and doing work in the gym and then have to prepare yourself for another training session in the evening.

“Winning the player’s player of the year award was a really nice touch.”

Wood finished eighth in the Blue Square Bet Conference South – their highest ever league finish.

Ian Allinson’s men flirted with the play-offs but back-to-back defeats at the beginning of April ended their hopes.

However, Cox believes it has still been a good campaign for the club.

“Looking over the season on the whole everyone was pretty happy. I know when I joined we were in the bottom half but the team really improved over the season.

“So to finish eighth is a great achievement and the squad we had put together by the end of the season was fantastic and the boys did very well.”

During his time with Barnet the 21-year-old found his first team opportunities limited as several loanees were brought into the club.

His move to Wood allowed him to play regular football for the first time since he was on the books at Tottenham Hotspur.

“At the beginning you can feel the rust of not playing,” Cox said. “But eventually you get into a rhythm; you get more confident on the ball and vocally you start trying to boss the games more.

“I try to be a leader on the pitch and be a personal captain is something I like doing. Little things come back to you and, at the end of the season, I feel I got back to my best form which I was happy with.”

He added: “I want to thank the fans and everyone for the support they have given me and the manager for taking a chance on me which a manager hasn’t done since I was a pro at Tottenham.

“I appreciate all of the staff that have looked after me. The chairman who has always been supportive of me. Ian Allinson and Luke Garrard have all supported and encouraged me and have got me back to my best form.

“So I would like to thank them and wish them the best for the future whatever happens.”

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