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Tarpey returns to Barnet FC after loan spell with Maidenhead United comes to an end

Striker Dave Tarpey has returned to Barnet FC after his loan spell at the club came to an end.

Tarpey had hoped to use the spell to prove his fitness to the Bees and score a few goals to fire the Magpies’ survival bid.

In truth the month or so he spent back at York Road was slightly underwhelming, with the player unable to add to his 98 goals in black and white, and spending more time on the treatment table after suffering a knee injury in the 1-1 draw against Ebbsfleet United.

However, the Magpies have collected seven points from their last 12 and the club tweeted this week that Tarpey returns to Barnet ‘no less of a legend’ than when he arrived.

The club tweeted: “We can confirm that @09tarps spell with us has ended and he has returned to @BarnetFC no less a legend as he was when he joined us! Thanks for your efforts Tarps.”

He’ll now be hoping to prove his fitness to Bees’ caretaker boss Darren Currie.

Barnet claimed a shock FA Cup third round victory over Championship side Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Sunday and are the only non league side in today’s fourth round draw.

Tarpey has had miserable fortune with injuries since departing the Magpies in the 2017/18 season. Having scored 46 times in the Magpies title-winning season he suffered an ACL injury just two games into his time at The Hive and has spent the past year and a half battling back to full fitness.

When he came back to the Magpies on loan he said: “I’m using the loan period to get some good minutes under my belt, hopefully score a few goals, and help Maidenhead up the table. I want to leave them in a better position come January and return to Barnet ready to push for a starting place there.”

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