Barry looking for a club after exit

Anthony Barry with a shot on goal for Fleetwood against Cheltenham.

Anthony Barry with a shot on goal for Fleetwood against Cheltenham.

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Midfielder Anthony Barry is a man in demand after his release from Fleetwood Town.

Barry, who battled back to fitness after a serious knee injury, expects to be playing Football League or Conference soccer next season after clubs were alerted about his exit from Highbury.

He said: “I was surprised and disappointed at being released by Fleetwood because I was looking forward to getting in a good pre-season with them.

“Everyone knows that I missed a lot of football and I thought I would be given a chance to show what I can do.”

Barry, who made a belated comeback for Fleetwood after a massive 506-day period on the sidelines in January against Northampton, said: “I did find it hard to adapt because I hadn’t played any reserve matches before that - I didn’t get as much game time as I would have liked.

“I would like to have shown what I could do at Fleetwood this season, but on the day that I was released I had clubs on the ‘phone enquiring about me - I had interest from a mixture of League and conference clubs, but then so have the other players who have been released.

“But that is not really a surprise because there is a lot of quality in the Fleetwood squad.

“I am 100 per cent fit and ready to showcase my talents for a new club and there is no rush to make a decision yet.”

Barry added: “I can only wish Fleetwood well for the future and I have a lot of good memories of my time at the club.”

The midfielder was an integral part of the Fleetwood squad that attained Conference status.

But he had to face up to a long period on the sidelines after a suffering a knee injury in Town’s first home match in the Conference two seasons ago.

Barry has packed in plenty of experience into his career, despite only being 26.

His formative years were spent at Everton on his native Merseyside - he later joined Coventry City and Accrington Stanley.

He joined Yeovil in 2006 and figured in the Glovers’ side that lost to Blackpool at Wembley in the League One play-off final.

After his release from Yeovil, he played for Chester, Lincoln and Wrexham before his arrival at Fleetwood.