Hendon keen to keep trio
Ian Hendon hopes to sign Jake Cole, Paul Furlong and Yannick Bolasie at Barnet on a permanent basis.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 14/04/09 9:00pm
Barnet manager Ian Hendon has expressed his desire to keep loan signings Jake Cole, Paul Furlong and Yannick Bolasie at Underhill beyond this season.
The trio have been instrumental in the Bees' climb away from danger, after the club had flirted with relegation earlier this season.
And Hendon is keen to turn Cole, Furlong and Bolasie's loans into permanent deals, after the they joined Barnet from Queens Park Rangers, Southend United and Plymouth Argyle respectively.
He told skysports.com: "I'm speaking to the three clubs in question about the possibility of keeping them on board here, but it is down to the players really.
"Yannick is still under contract at Plymouth, so it is likely that he will return there at the end of the season, but the other two, Furlong and Cole, are free agents in the summer.
"I've been talking to Furls on and off for a while now about keeping him here and I am hopeful that something can happen there."
The Bees have hit form at just the right time this season, as they have pulled away from the relegation dogfight and look set for a mid-table finish.
And Hendon is hoping to rest a few of his tired players in the last three games of the season.
He added: "I can't ask for any more from the players because they have given everything and it has been the same 12 or 13 players involved for the last 10 games, which has helped us with consistency.
"They are on their knees now, after so many games in such a short space of time, but that probably shows that the size of the squad isn't big enough.
"They've done ever so well lately and there will be changes for the last three games of the season because some of the players deserve a rest.
"The aim was to get safe and we have done that, anything else is a bonus. I'm not saying that we will be throwing the towel in because we would never do that, but it's not as crucial for us now to win the remaining games and put points on the board."
One player who is not in Ian Hendon's plans is Jeremy de Magalhaes.
The French defender, who has not played since December, has been released from the club.