Grazioli ready to go
By Paul Higham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Barnet striker Guiliano Grazioli believes they can hold their own in the Football League this season.
The former Bristol Rovers striker believes that the fact Paul Fairclough's side won the Nationwide Conference last season will boost their League Two campaign.
Grazioli says that the squad is still on a high from their title success, and says this confidence will help their campaign.
"We've come back for the first day of pre-season a few weeks ago and it's like the lads have never been away. It's as though we're still on that cloud," Grazioli told Sky Sports News.
"Winning the championship sets us in good stead for next season as we know how it feels to win something and be up there throughout the whole season, which some clubs there haven't done.
"So the lads are still confident from last year. We're still buzzing and the youngsters in the side are full of enthusiasm and I think that is what will get us through."
Grazioli bagged 29 goals for The Bees last season and has committed his future to the club by penning a fresh two-year deal at Underhill.
"This shows my commitment to Barnet and answers those who said I'd be looking for a transfer in the summer," the 30-year-old told the club's website.
"I want to end my career here."
Bees team-mate Ismail Yakubu is desperate for the new season to start - and prove himself in League football.
"I'm ecstatic," Yakubu added to Sky Sports News. "I just can't wait.
"It's been a dream of mine for such a long time. Hopefully I'm going to be able to prove myself and say I really deserve to be in the league.
"It's a good chance for me to do that."
Meanwhile, Fairclough has strengthened his side for the coming campaign by signing five new players after they all impressed on trial.
Morgaro Gomis, Ben Bowditch, Louis Soares, Jason Norville and Adam Gross have all completed their moves to The Bees after their trial spells, while centre half Zeliko Popovic has joined on non-contract terms.
One player that has moved on from Underhill Stadium is striker Warren McBean after he signed a one-year deal with Conference South club Farnborough Town.