Barnet youngsters can benefit from ex-Everton star’s experience

10:47 10 September 2012

John Oster

John Oster

EMPICS Sport

John Oster is relishing his role as Underhill’s elder statesman as he attempts to help lift Barnet from the foot of the Football League.

The former Wales international midfielder joined the Bees last week after his release from Doncaster Rovers and made his debut as a second-half substitute in Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to Gillingham.

It was the first time the 33-year-old – who numbers Everton, Sunderland, Reading and Crystal Palace among his previous clubs, had featured in a fixture below Championship level.

“It’s been a frustrating summer – I’ve only really had a couple of days’ training and this was the first time I’d participated in a game, so it was obviously good to get out there,” said Oster, who has signed a one-year deal.

“I’ve been brought in to help with the young lads, because we’ve got such a young squad, and maybe offer them advice as an on-field coach, so to speak.

“If I can give my experience to the younger lads, I’ll help them in any way I can. I’ve played a lot of games for someone of my age and, as long as I’m fit enough to play, I’ll continue playing.”

Oster, who departed Doncaster following the Yorkshire club’s relegation to League One, revealed that his agent Mel Stein – who is Barnet’s legal adviser – played a key role in persuading him to move to north London.

“I had a couple of clubs interested and turned one down earlier in the summer, but I decided to come here and my agent was quite a big sway on that one, being quite close to the club,” added the midfielder.

“He sold it to me really – meals round at his house and all that! At the moment things aren’t looking good, so we need to get some points on the board.

“There’s a lot of new young players and a new manager who’s trying to get his ideas across but, with the problems they had in pre-season, trying to get friendlies, it’s hard.

“The pitch was really sticky on Saturday – it was hard to get the passing game going. If it stays like that it’ll be difficult, but it won’t be 30-degree heat all the time and we’ll probably appreciate a bit of rain.”

Latest Stories

Yesterday, 14:01
Police believe that Arnis Zalkalns may have information that can help them find Alice Gross

Police investigating the disappearance of Hanwell teenager Alice Gross think that another missing person from Ealing might be able to help their enquiries - if they can find him.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:07
Does he make it through the doors in the nick of time?

Old university friends Noel Carroll and James Heptonstall teamed up to complete the ultimate London fitness challenge - racing the Tube!

Read more
Yesterday, 13:56
Another photo of the dramatic scene by Dan Webster

Beckenham Hill was engulfed in thick smoke today as a blaze consumed a car parked outside a block of flats.

Read more

Promotions

Advanced running and training technology for beginners up to elite athletes

If you’re thinking of adding running treadmill to your fitness routine, you’re on the right track! There are several advantages to running on a treadmill versus running outdoors.

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the ZOE was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

Quizzes

Do you fancy yourself as a football ground know-it-all? Try our devilishly difficult quiz!

How well do you know your football stadiums? This brand new quiz from London24 will seperate the men from the boys...

Read more