a look back on Ahmed's time at Underhill

Ahmed Deen, who was released by Barnet at the end of last season, has been signed by Hayes & Yeading, where he will link up with Lee Harrison, who has also signed for the Blue Square Premier club.

Deen arrived at Underhill after having played for Macclesfield Town the previous season and made 28 league appearances for the Silkmen in 2008/09. Deen had started his career at Peterborough and had spells at Aldershot and St. Albans City before his move to Moss Rose.

Deen made his Barnet debut as a substitute for the injured, Kenny Gillet in the 2-0 home win over Morecambe and made his full debut at Torquay United four days later. Deen was part of the Barnet defence during the run of five successive wins as the club made a brief appearance at the top of League Two after an excellent 3-1 win at Northampton. Deen scored his first Barnet goal in that match, a fine swerving, free kick from just outside the penalty area.

Deen could count himself very unlucky to lose his first team place soon after to a restored, Kenny Gillet. He returned to the side at the end of October replacing Joe Devera as a substitute at Chesterfield and with Devera and Ryan O’Neill both out for some time, Ian Hendon decided to play Deen at right back. It was only a partial success and after seven matches, Hendon replaced him first with the on loan, Calum Butcher and then the returning Devera. Deen had often looked uncomfortable and out of position at right back, which indeed he was and this probably contributed to a poor run of results and the likely reason why Deen gave away a sloppy penalty at home to Bournemouth, which, thankfully, Brett Pitman failed to convert.

After that, Deen barely got a look in and a proposed loan move to Dover Athletic fell through as Daniel Leach and Joe Tabiri were already on loan at the Crabble and clubs could not loan more than two players from the same club. Paul Fairclough restored Deen to the first team for the last two matches of the season and he performed creditably. Deen seemed to have fallen out of favour with Hendon, having played well in his normal position of left back early in the season. The arrival of Matt Lockwood on loan from Colchester in January pretty much ended any chance of Deen getting back in the side and as with Albert Jarrett, his cousin and fellow Sierra Leone international, the club decided not to take up the option of a further year’s contract.

Ahmed Deen’s playing career at Barnet: 

 

STARTS

SUB APPEARANCES

GOALS

LEAGUE

12

4

1

FA CUP

3

 

 

JPT

1

 

 

TOTAL

16

4

1

 

Barnet Mad wishes Ahmed all the best at Hayes.