Bees land Breen

Player-coach role for Irish veteran

Breen: Barnet deal

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Barnet have concluded the signing veteran defender Gary Breen.

The 34-year-old former Republic of Ireland international has agreed to take on a player-coaching role at Underhill.

Hendon-born Breen has been without a club since leaving Wolves at the end of last season.

"He comes to us bringing everything that we have been missing on the field," said Barnet boss Paul Fairclough.

"We need real leadership, he'll bring us leadership. He also brings experience, something else that we have been lacking.

"Gary made an immediate impact with the players, showing organisational skills and a presence.

"I am extremely excited about bringing a player of his ability and quality on board. It is something that I have been working on for a long time - convincing Gary Breen that Barnet FC is the right place for him to come. He has had loads and loads of offers from other clubs.

"He hasn't played for a while and will be working on his fitness this week. He will have the final decision on when he is available to play - he wants to make an impact from his first game."