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Cherries: Defender Barrett's bidding to prove his worth
ADAM Barrett is keen to make up for lost time as he prepares to embark on a fresh start under new Cherries boss Paul Groves.
Defender Barrett saw his Jekyll and Hyde fortunes mirrored by the team during his debut season at Dean Court.
A mainstay of an encouraging first half to the campaign, Barrett helped Cherries overcome a poor opening and skippered them to within touching distance of the play-offs.
However, with Cherries handily placed to mount a challenge for promotion, his season came to a premature end in early January due to a torn hamstring.
And as Barrett looked on from the sidelines, a disastrous second half saw Cherries fall away, with manager Lee Bradbury paying with his job.
Barrett, who is 12 months into a two-year contract with Cherries, did not feature during Groves’s caretaker stewardship despite regaining his fitness towards the end of last season.
The 32-year-old, a veteran of more than 500 appearances, told the Daily Echo: “I have played enough games and know what I can do. I am sure Paul and Shaun know what I can do as well.
“I will get my head down and work extremely hard during pre-season. I will give it everything and, hopefully, the manager will like that and we can go from there.
“Paul and Shaun have come in and we are fully behind them. They will have new ideas and a philosophy on the game they want us to carry through. It is a fresh start for everybody.”
Barrett, appointed captain by Bradbury after joining Cherries from Crystal Palace, is expected to be one of the contenders to don the skipper’s armband under Groves.
“It was an honour to captain the team last season and something I was very proud to do,” said Barrett. “It is a role I enjoy and I would love to do it again.
“But it is up to the manager and it is his team. I know what I bring to the table, both on and off the pitch. I am fully behind whatever he wants to do and he will always have my full support. I will respect his decision.
“I think I have the respect of the dressing room and have the experience. I want to do well for myself and for the club. The manager will put in place who he feels is best for the role. If it is me, I would be delighted to continue. If it is not, I will get behind the new captain and get on with it.”
Barrett added: “I was disappointed and frustrated that my first season at the club came to a premature end. I felt the momentum had been with us and things were looking good. I just hope we can have a successful campaign this season.”