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Gresley stalwart Jamie Barrett praised as last man standing

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 16, 2014

By David Broome

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JAMIE Barrett is the last of Gresley's "old guard" still standing, and his service to the club has been praised by manager Martin Rowe.

The 31-year-old club captain is entering his 11th season as a Moatman, but will not stand alongside any of the side who won back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012.

After getting back to the fourth tier of the non-league football pyramid, Gresley today embark upon their third consecutive season in the NPL First Division South.

In a bid to get into the Premier Division, Rowe has had to dismantle the team and build a new one.

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"Last season, we thought we had a good enough team to challenge, but unfortunately we didn't get off to the best start and we had to rebuild," said the Moat boss.

"It's a shame we've lost people like Mark Strzyzewski and Rob Spencer – two of the last of the old guard.

"When you look back on the squad me and Gaz Norton had, there's only one player left in Jamie Barrett.

"And credit to Jamie, he's been a model pro and has helped me a lot over the last couple of years.

"It's a shame there's not more people like Jamie out there, as the world would be a better place."

The signs look good for a successful 2014/15 season, after some impressive friendly performances.

"We've had a very good pre-season, only losing two games, and we should have won them, but I changed things around a bit which meant we slipped up late on," said Rowe.

"When we have had our best team out this summer we look very strong and very competitive.

"We maybe lack that bit of experience, but that will come with time.

"Matt Roome has been very impressive in a new role in midfield, while Rob Mulonga has come in and given us an extra dimension going forward."

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