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Barry tribute to Romford boss

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 June 2015

Jack Barry celebrates a goal with Romford team-mates (pic: TGSPHOTO)

Jack Barry celebrates a goal with Romford team-mates (pic: TGSPHOTO)

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'Magic gave me the opportunity' says departing captain

Jack Barry in action for Romford against Ware, his last appearance for the club (pic: TGSPHOTO)Jack Barry in action for Romford against Ware, his last appearance for the club (pic: TGSPHOTO)

Jack Barry paid tribute to Romford and manager Paul Martin after leaving the club for Ryman North rivals Thamesmead this week.

Barry, who captained Boro last season and had made 228 appearances, scoring 33 goals, said: “I could go on and on and talk about Romford because it’s the club that gave me my first taste at this level, but I owe everything to Magic for giving me the opportunity and giving me the captaincy.

“I have had some fantastic times at Romford, but now I start my new journey with Thamesmead.”

A final-day win over Ware ensured Boro finished outside the bottom three last season, after a poor run of results in the new year.

Nick Reynolds and Jack Barry celebrate a goal for Romford (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)Nick Reynolds and Jack Barry celebrate a goal for Romford (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)

And Barry, who battled back from a broken ankle suffered during in the summer of 2013, admitted a move had been on his mind in the past.

He added: “It’s something I thought about a very long time ago, before the season started. We had done so well and I thought we could challenge for a play-off spot, but it didn’t work out.

“I was never going to leave the club in the trouble we were in, fighting relegation.

“I always have a long conversation with Magic at the end of the season and discuss what’s best for me and now is the best time to start a new challenge elsewhere and try and become a better player.”

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