Vanarama National League club Maidenhead United have announced that winger Sam Barratt has signed for SkyBet League One side Southend United.
Barratt was signed by former Magpies manager Johnson Hippolyte from Uhlsport Hellenic League side Bracknell Town and served early notice of his abilities with a two-goal salvo on his full debut in a Berks & Bucks Cup tie at Hungerford Town in November 2014.
The following summer saw a new man in charge at York Road and Barratt was one of a handful of players shrewdly retained by returning manager Alan Devonshire.
And he showed his worth almost immediately in scoring a stunning free-kick against Bishop’s Stortford on Devonshire`s York Road return.
Barratt was used mainly from the bench as Maidenhead narrowly missed out on the 2015/16 National League South play-offs but demonstrated his potential, particularly in scoring a double as a substitute as the Magpies came close to completing a comeback during a 3-2 defeat at Margate.
The following season saw United set off like an express train en-route to a memorable title-winning season and with opportunities initially limited,
Barratt enjoyed a successful loan spell with former gaffer Hippolyte at Staines Town. His ability, however, was never in doubt, as he proved immediately on his return with a double strike at high-flying St Albans City and he played his part as United held off the challenge of Ebbsfleet United to lift the title.
Barratt’s place in the annals of our long history were guaranteed on the first day of the 2017/18 season when he once again climbed off the bench to make an impact.
His bullet header at the death was Maidenhead’s first ever National League goal, clinching as it did our first ever point at the highest echelon of non-League football.
Barratt enjoyed a splendid season at National League level, exciting fans with his pace and skill and notching 7 goals which included a final day brace in a virtuoso performance against Bromley.
And a successful campaign was topped off for him with the significant honour of appearing for the England C select against Slovakia and Wales.
Our very best wishes are with @SammyboyBarratt as he makes his dream come true and turns professional at a cracking club.
Thank you for the memories and good luck 🖤
— Maidenhead United (@MUFCYorkRoad) May 15, 2018