Former Roughrider Soccer Captain Still A Leader
Former Roughrider soccer player, Adam Barrett, has signed a two-year extension with Gillingham Football Club in England’s Second Division. The new deal will keep 32-year-old Barrett at the club until the end of the 2014/15 season. Gillingham FC is currently on top of the league table with a 15-4-6 overall record.
Barrett was the captain of the 1998 Yavapai College soccer team and led the Roughriders to a 23-2-0 overall record and a third place national finish at the NJCAA National Championships in Trenton, New Jersey. After battling to a 0-0 four-overtime tie, the Roughriders lost in penalty kicks to eventual national champions, State Fair CC (Missouri), in the national semifinals. Yavapai defeated Springfield College of Illinois in the national consolation match for the third place award. State Fair’s title was later vacated due to use of ineligible players.
Barrett joined the Gills in the summer, initially on a one year deal, with an option of a second. But such has been Barrett’s impact this season the Gills have tied him down now to a longer term contract. Barrett has played over 400 league games for a number of clubs including Plymouth, Bristol Rovers and Mansfield Town. The defender made his name as captain at Southend United and played a key role in their promotion to the Championship in 2005-06 and following a string of commanding performances was voted `Player of the Year` by the supporters.
Following brief spells at Crystal Palace and Leyton Orient he signed for Bournemouth on a two-year contract last July where he was appointed Club Captain.