Barker aims high

Jul 02, 2016, 04:36 PM

The new Hereford FC player-coach Chris Barker hopes his experience can help the Bulls young squad develop following their promotion from the Midland Football League.

Barker, 36, linked up with the Edgar Street club last week as the club face another new challenge - this time in the Southern League South & West.

The central defender has already chalked up 655 first team appearances across an 18-year career, and featured in the Championship with Cardiff City, Queens Park Rangers and Plymouth, but is keen to add many more games to that total.

Ahead of training this morning he insisted, "I feel I've got a lot to offer, on-and-off the field, and I hope to play in as many games as I can.

"Over the last couple of years I've played and taken my coaching badges and I was both assistant and then caretaker manager at Aldershot so I've learnt a lot.

"I'm looking to help the youngsters improve and put the club back where it belongs.

"I obviously know a lot about the club and staff, and I understand where the club want to go, and I want to be involved in that".

Barker picked up the last of two player-of-the-year awards as recently as 2010/11 with Southend United and is someone highly regarded by the Bulls' boss Peter Beadle.

"I believe Chris will bring a huge amount to the football club", maintains Beadle.

"He can play in a multitude of positions, he's still fit, and he's a player who the younger ones within the group can look up to and respect.

"Hopefully they can draw on his extra experience alongside Rob [Purdie] and Ryan [Green] who all offer something unique to the squad."

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