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Barratt returns to Maidenhead United after injury-disrupted spell with Southend United

Maidenhead United are ‘ready to go for the new season’ after confirming the return of former player Sam Barratt.

The 25-year-old became a fan favourite during his first spell at York Road from 2014-18 and scored the Magpies’ first ever goal in the National League, a thumping late header in a 1-1 draw with Maidstone United in August 17.

His performances for the club that season earned him a move to Southend United, then in League 1, but his move into the pro game was quickly beset by bad luck as he suffered an awful knee injury which kept him on the side-lines for nearly 15 months.

Barratt returned for Sol Campbell’s Shrimpers over the festive period last season, and impressed as he attempted to get back up to speed in a struggling side, however, the club was relegated after the campaign was brought to its early conclusion and Barratt was one of a number of players released by the Essex club.

Barratt rose to prominence as a free scoring winger for Bracknell Town in the Hellenic League before he secured his move to the Magpies in 2014, prior to Alan Devonshire’s arrival.

He was retained by Devonshire and went on to make 43 starts for the club and was named a further 114 times as a substitute, coming on to make an impact off the bench. He netted 17 times for the Magpies during his first spell with the club and also earned England C caps during the side’s inaugural National League campaign in 2017-18.

Chief scout Lee Devonshire said: “It is great to have Sam back and he needs no introduction as we all know what he can do. Another very positive acquisition for us and we now feel that we are ready to go for the new season.”

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