08:30PM, Thursday 07 September 2017
IT’S taken a while for Dave Tarpey to come down from cloud nine after he fulfilled his ambition of becoming a league player by joining Barnet last week.
Tarpey wasn’t expecting to leave the Magpies in this window, but when Barnet offered him – and the club – the kind of terms they couldn’t refuse, he was keen to leave and join a team that he says is ‘going places’ in League 2.
On a crazy night the player admits he’ll never forget, Tarpey dashed across to Barnet after training with the Magpies on Thursday last week and signed for his new club just before 11pm.
“It was a bit crazy and a night I’ll probably never forget,” he said.
“I didn’t actually sign until two minutes to 11. They got the paperwork sent off at 11pm and they got an email from the FA saying that they’d received it in time.
“Maidenhead had to look after themselves as well and make sure the deal was right for them. So they did that. I can’t thank Dev enough for allowing me to go and speak to Barnet.
“I enjoyed myself at the club. Obviously they respected what I’d done for the club and luckily they’ve given me the chance to move on.”
Tarpey barely had time to get his head straight before making his debut for Barnet at Swindon on Saturday. He didn’t score but played well in a 4-1 win. He added there were a number of reasons why he was tempted by the move.
“Without going into too much detail the finances were obviously better,” Tarpey said.
“The location is only an hour’s drive from where I live in Reading so it’s easy to do daily and I won’t have to relocate.
“It’s a club that wants to move up. Obviously Coventry City (who Tarpey turned down earlier in the summer) are a massive club, but Barnet is a different fish. It’s a club that wants to push on and get higher.
“It’s a challenge I wanted to take on.
“They’ve made some good signings and kept hold of their top players as well. The manager (Rossi Eames) is young and enthusiastic and has a way he wants us to play. It’s definitely a club that wants to go places and move up the league.”
Tarpey added: “Saturday was brilliant. Obviously it was my first professional game. I got a start and played about an hour. I thought I played well and had a chance which hit the bar and unfortunately went back to the goalkeeper.
“Hopefully I can build on that now and the goals will start to come.”
Tarpey, who’s been working in the security systems industry, has left his role to become a full time professional.
“They were very understanding and didn’t want to hold me back. My boss said congratulations and well done. It’s probably something I’ll go back into when I finish with football.”
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