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Date: 26-11-09 gif Barnes-Homer flies to Luton
Today, being another deadline day, came the news that we always expect and dread.  Yet another quality player has left the club but at least this time we seem to have got something resembling a decent fee for him.  The double whammy is that the player in question, Matthew Barnes-Homer, is also sponsored by this website and has been for three seasons now.

Matt Barnes-Homer There had been rumours already this week that he would be off and to be honest his body language in recent games has been a tad disappointing.  He has still been banging the goals in but he has visibly missed his previous partner Justin Richards and for unknown reasons he hasn't really hit it off with Richards replacement, Robbie Matthews.

The Luton bid came in just after MBH had turned a move to Oxford Utd earlier in the week and Luton will now take him on loan until January when he'll sign for them permanently.

During his three years here Matt has gone from being fourth choice striker to one of the first names on the team sheet and last season, alongside Richards, he put away twenty one goals.  In his first season here he scored ten times in thirty one games and so far this season he's scored nine times in just twenty three games.  Not a bad strike rate.

In Matt's place we see two new arrivals, albeit only loans but with a view in the one case to a permanent arrangement.  Ryan Charles has arrived here as part of the transfer deal and Damian Spencer has come from Kettering and he's the one that will probably stay seeing that Kettering are having financial problems and have already off loaded a couple of players.

Charles is twenty years old and has been in and out of the Luton side but he did play against us recently and scored in the 2-1 win for Luton when he came on as a late sub and scored in the dying minutes of the game to send us home pointless.  He's always played for Luton except for a loan spell at Kettering last Spring when he made nine appearances and scored once for them.  He's made twenty seven appearances for his owners and scored in four of those.

Damian Spencer is a different style of player to both MBH and Charles and is more of a burly targetman.  He started his career as a trainee at Bristol City and spent three seasons there making eighteen appearances and scoring just the once with a short loan spell at Exeter City.

From Ashton Gate he went to Cheltenham where he teamed up with the Harriers management team Mark Yates and Neil Howarth.  That was where he really made his name and scored thirty nine goals in over two hundred and sixty three games.  From there he went to Kettering following a short loan spell at Brentford and has scored just the twice in eighteen games for the Poppies.

It'll be interesting to see which one of the two new faces will start alongside Matthews on Saturday when we play AFC Wimbledon.

We wish Matt all the best for the future with his new club and thank him for allowing us to sponsor him in the past.

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