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Looks as though the once highly thought-of Fulham midfielder Chris James is about to join Barnet on a short-term deal.

The versatile midfielder, who can play on either side of the pitch, was brave enough to turn down a new contract with Fulham to try and first-team football and his attempts to get a regular game took him to Tampere United in Finland.

James will be at the World Cup with New Zealand in the summer, having turned his back on England (who capped him at youth level) in favour of senior caps with the All Whites. A free transfer to Barnet will allow him to get some much-needed game time before the tournament in South Africa this summer.

I’ll be interested spectator in seeing how Chris, who I thought could blossom into a good player, gets on.