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Neil Barrett delighted to return to Ebbsfleet United

Neil Barrett
Neil Barrett played for Ebbsfleet between 2007-2009

Midfielder Neil Barrett has said he was delighted to return to Ebbsfleet United after a two-year absence.

Barrett had been playing for Havant and Waterlooville before a hopeful call to manager Liam Daish prompted the move.

"I gave Liam a call and asked if there were any possibilities about me coming down and he said there was," he told BBC Radio Kent.

"The fans have always been great. I just hope I can repay a bit of the faith. It's great to be back."

The 30-year-old was part of the Ebbsfleet team that won the FA Trophy in 2008 before moving to York in 2009.

After being released by the Minstermen in June this year, Barrett signed for Blue Square Bet South side Havant and Waterlooville on non-contract terms but said he was always pining for a move to a club in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

"We went out of the FA Cup at Havant," he said. "They were over budget and I was only there on a non-contract basis and the easiest thing to do was to let go the players that were non-contract.

"I wasn't overly disappointed because I was looking to get back in this league anyway.

"There's history here at the club. It was always one of the first results I looked out for when I was at York."

Barrett made 63 appearances for the Fleet between 2007 and 2009, scoring eight goals.

And ahead of his second home debut for the club against Stockport this weekend, Barrett admitted it was a little odd to be back.

"It was strange going back to training, driving around the M25 back to Stonebridge Road. It's great to be back around the club," he added.

"There's not so many familiar faces. There's a few but it's the same fans and it'll be great to see a few of them next week."

There is commentary of Ebbsfleet United v Stockport County on on Saturday, 12 November at 1500 GMT.

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Two in and one out at Ebbsfleet
04 Nov 11 |  Ebbsfleet United
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05 Nov 11 |  Non League
York can go all the way - Barrett
20 Apr 10 |  York

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