Josh Barrett left Reading for Bristol Rovers in January.
The 21-year-old was a well-known name at the Madejski. He joined when he was 16, bursting onto the scene as a fresh-faced boy from Ireland and looking set for a bright future with the club.
Loan-spells followed for Barrett. He spent time with the likes of Coventry City and Aldershot Town but never made an impression, though Reading continued to give him the opportunities.
The fans and the club really wanted Barrett to become the player that he’d promised to be as a youngster, but he could never quite cut it with the Royals, and he decided to leave last January.
He dropped down a league to join Bristol Rovers for an undisclosed fee, rejecting the offer of staying with Reading in the hope of kick-starting his footballing career.
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In seven games for the Gas, Barrett has failed to find the net. He started a handful of games when he joined but has only played a full 90-minutes once, and he’s since found himself on the bench most games.
It’s been a disappointing start to his Bristol Rovers career, but having been around for what seems like an age, it easy to forget that Barrett is still only 21.
He’s got years of football left ahead of him and he could well turn out to be a fine player. If he is to do so though, he’ll have to get started sooner rather than later.
With football being postponed it’s thrown a lot of things up into the air, but when the season resumes, Barrett will need to make sure he’s ready for action, and ready to make his mark.