The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ben Baker

LOA­NEE Josh Vick­ers is rel­ish­ing the op­por­tu­nity of a stint in Bar­net’s first­team af­ter an in­jury to No.1 stop­per Jamie Stephens.

The 21-year-old goal­keeper, cur­rently on a sea­son-long loan from Premier League Swansea, came off the bench for Stephens af­ter nine min­utes last week­end to help the Bees move into the play-off places, courtesy of a win at Ley­ton Ori­ent.

“I’ve re­ally en­joyed my­self,” he said. “I’ve had a few Non-League spells [at Con­cord Rangers and Can­vey Is­land] but this is my first loan spell in the Foot­ball League and that’s mas­sive for any­one.

“You want to be play­ing games, rather than being sat around.

“Un­der-18s and Un­der21s are good to an ex­tent, but this is proper foot­ball and where you learn.”

Vick­ers has had to push Stephens, Bar­net’s reign­ing player of the year, hard for a spot but says he was gut­ted to see him on the treat­ment ta­ble.

GAMES: Josh Vick­ers

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