Holmes remains positive

Bees playmaker in optimistic mood ahead of 2012/13 campaign

Ricky Holmes: Hoping that Barnet can steer clear of trouble next season

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Barnet playmaker Ricky Holmes is confident that the club can bounce back next season following consecutive relegation battles.

The Bees have narrowly avoided slipping out of the Football League on the final day of the last two campaigns, with a 2-1 win at Burton sending Hereford down last month.

Since then the North London outfit have undergone a massive overhaul of their playing staff, with no less than nine players departing Underhill.

However, Holmes believes that the arrival of new manager Mark Robson will breathe fresh life into the struggling club.

"We managed to pull it off at the final hurdle once again, because we stayed up on the last day the season before and I felt that the season just gone was going to be a good one for Barnet," he told Sky Sports.

"However, things didn't quite work out for various reasons, but losing Steve Kabba to injury was a big blow because we are an inexperienced side and his experience and goals would have helped a lot.

Rebuild

"We managed to stay up though, thankfully, and now we can look to rebuild for the upcoming campaign.

"We've got rid of so many players again this summer, so it will be another rebuilding project.

"I was disappointed to see Sam Deering depart because he is a very good footballer, but it will be down to the manager to replace him.

"We've only got six or seven signed players at the club, so it will be intriguing to see who comes in before the start of the new season and I'm looking forward to working for another new manager at the club.

"He comes with a good pedigree of coaching, so hopefully he can get us playing good football again so that we aren't struggling near the bottom of the table."