Fairclough applauds Devera
Paul Fairclough has backed Joe Devera's hopes of playing on the international stage for Venezuela.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 31/03/11 3:05pm
Barnet's director of football development Paul Fairclough has backed Joe Devera's hopes of playing on the international stage for Venezuela.
The 24-year-old has impressed this season, despite the Bees' struggles to avoid relegation from League Two.
Devera recently told skysports.com that he is hoping to earn a call-up to Venezuela, where his father hails from.
His performances for Barnet have seen the likes of Reading and Millwall linked with bids and Fairclough feels the versatile defender can play at a much higher level.
"Joe was with me right from the start when I brought him through to the first team as a kid and I've always believed in him," Fairclough, who recently stepped down as Barnet's caretaker boss when Martin Allen took the reins, told skysports.com.
"He had serious reservations around Christmas about whether he wanted to carry on playing the game, but we have reignited his desire and passion and since then he has been outstanding for us.
"I've not seen a better defender in League Two and I am confident that he could play at a much higher level, but he has got a job to do in the meantime.
"He is a well-balanced boy with a lot of focus, so I have no doubt that he will continue to do his best for Barnet.
"Whatever comes in the future for Joe, whether it be at a higher level domestically, or even international honours, will be a great reward for all the hard work he has put in over the years."