Strevens out of Barnet
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barnet's Ben Strevens has left the club with one week of the season to go.
Barnet's longest serving player Ben Strevens has left the club to make himself available ahead of the summer rush in the market for players.
Competition for his place had led to interest in the 25-year-old striker from a string of Conference clubs and so Barnet and player have mutually agreed to go their separate ways.
Since signing for The Bees in 1999 he has scored 48 goals in 185 appearances, with 39 coming as a substitute.
He was also the sole survivor from The Bees' time in The Conference, a fact the player has not forgotten.
"I wish everyone at Barnet every success," he told the club's official website. "It has been eight great years for me at this club. All the boys are my friends.
"I am quite proud, as the only member of the squad who was around when the side was relegated five years ago, that I was still around when The Bees got back up into The Football League this season," he said.
Tresor Kandol, Giuliano Grazioli, Liam Hatch, Jason Norville and Lee Roache were all ahead of him in the pecking order at Underhill and so he found himself playing in midfield this season.
He suffered a life threatening blood disorder in 2003, but fought back to be voted the club's Most Improved Player at the end of season supporters' awards.
Strevens leaves the club in the last week of the season as Barnet face Rushden & Diamonds at Nene Park.
The club are among seven clubs who could go down, and need all three points to guarantee their place in League Two for next year.