Maidenhead United are proud to announce that Sam Barratt has signed for Sky Bet League 1 side Southend United.
Sam was signed by former Magpies manager Johnson Hippolyte from Hellenic League side Bracknell Town and served early notice of his abilities with a two goal salvo on his full debut in a Berks and Bucks Cup tie at Hungerford Town in November 2014. The following summer saw a new man in charge at York Road and Sam was one of a handful of players shrewdly retained by returning manager Alan Devonshire. Sam showed his worth almost immediately in scoring a stunning freekick against Bishop's Stortford on Dev's York Road return.
Sam 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. Sam's ability however was never in doubt, as he proved immediately on his return with a double strike at high-flying St Albans and he played his part as United held off the challenge of Ebbsfleet 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 soccer. Sam 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 Sam with the significant honour of appearing for the semi-professional England C select against Slovakia and Wales.
Congratulations to Sam on achieving your dream of playing in the EFL. Everyone at Maidenhead United wishes you and your family the very best and we look forward to following your continued progress after 17 goals and countless assists in your 43 starts in black and white added to 114 appearances on the substitutes bench.
Updated 10:08 - 21 May 2018 by York Road PA