11:59AM, Saturday 26 September 2020
Sam Barratt. Photo:Darren Woolley
The ‘sky is the limit’ for Magpies’ midfielder Sam Barratt after his unfortunate, injury-hit spell with Southend United.
United moved to bring Barratt back to York Road last week after selling him to the Shrimpers just over two years ago.
His dream move to the League 1 club quickly turned into a nightmare when he suffered a serious knee injury just weeks after joining. It left him on the sidelines for nearly 15 months, and, when he did finally return last season, he was given only a limited chance to impress before being left out of the side once more.
Barratt has returned to the Magpies looking to resurrect his career, and he’s confident playing for Devonshire at York Road is the best place for him to do that.
“He had the injury when he went there,” said Devonshire. “Then he did well for them when he came back. If he played 10 games, we would have got another £5,000, and I think they played him for nine matches and then didn’t play him anymore so, I felt sorry for the kid.
“But it’s good to have him back and we want to get him fully fit and firing and if we can do that then the sky’s the limit for him.
“He can play in three or four positions and we’ll need options with the games coming on top of each other.”
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