Barnet have re-signed Colchester United left back, Matt Lockwood on a month’s loan. Lockwood has been out of favour at the Essex club, having only played in one league match for them this season. Indeed, the cultured full back has only made six league starts for the League One club since joining them from Nottm Forest in 2008.
Lockwood had his first loan spell at Underhill last season, joining the club in February of last year, just in time to make his Bees’ debut against Grimsby Town at Underhill. He went on to make 12 league appearances for the Bees, playing a big part in the club’s improved from that took them away from the relegation zone. His last match for the Bees was the excellent 2-0 away win at Gillingham in early April. Lockwood was then recalled by Colchester.
Earlier this season, he had a short loan spell at Dagenham & Redbridge, where he made four league appearances for the Daggers under former Barnet manager, John Still.
Lockwood began his career at QPR as a youngster, but joined Bristol Rovers in 1996, making more than 50 league appearances for the Pirates before moving to Leyton Orient in 1998. He had nine years at Brisbane Road, making over 300 league appearnces for Orient and scoring a not inconsiderable 50 goals. He helped Orient win promotion in 2005/06 from League Two, but joined Forest in 2007.
Lockwood made a very good impression with the Underhill fans last season and I am sure that all Bees’ fans will be pleased at his return to the club. He goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s match at Morecambe and is likely to play as Kenny Gillet has been unable to train this week after sustaining a calf injury that lead to Lincoln’s opening goal at Underhill last Saturday.
Meanwhile, manager, Ian Hendon is still looking to strengthen the squad before the transfer window ends next week, so it’s a case of watch this space!!