Jon Fortune Released

Last updated : 07 January 2013 By Jaybee

Barnet have released experienced central defender, Jon Fortune by ‘mutual agreement’. Barnet signed the former Charlton centre back, after he impressed in pre-season games. Fortune began his career at Charlton and early on in his days at the Valley, he had two loan spells with Mansfield Town, then a league club.

In 2001/02, Fortune made his Charlton first team debut and quickly established himself as a first team regular, playing in the Premier League. His goal for Charlton against local rivals, Crystal Palace at the end of 2004/05 sent the Eagles down.

In 2006/07, Fortune had a couple of loan spells with Stoke City and during the summer, Stoke made an attempt to sign him on a permanent contract, but he remained with Charlton, playing under former Bee, Alan Pardew. In all, fortune made over 150 first team appearances for Charlton, scoring 6 goals before moving to Sheffield United in July 2009 on a short term contract.

However, Fortune never really broke into the side at Sheffield United and made only 5 first team appearances for the Blades before re-signing for Charlton in 2010. Fortune made a further 15 first team appearances at Charlton before moving to Exeter City in March of this year and he made 5 first team appearances for the Grecians before being released at the end of last season.

Fortune began the season as club captain at Underhill under Mark Robson but after starting in the opening five games he lost his first team place to new signing, David Stephens and never regained only making 3 subsequent appearances for the Bees, the last of which was as a substitute in the home game against Accrington Stanley in November.

Barnet Mad wishes Jon good luck for the future.