Gareth Ainsworth has tipped former QPR team-mate Lee Cook to take the Conference by storm with Barnet.

Cook today finally signed a one-year deal with the Bees, as GetWestLondon exclusively revealed he would yesterday.

The move is subject to international clearance as the former Watford, Fulham and Leyton Orient winger spent last season playing in Greece with Apollon Smyrni.

Cook has been on trial with Barnet for a few weeks now and played in Saturday's friendly against Wycombe, who are now managed by Ainsworth.

The duo played together for the best part of a decade for QPR, and Ainsworth was delighted to see his old pal back in business with the Bees.

Old pals: Cook (left) and Ainsworth in 2009, when the latter was caretaker player-manager at QPR

He said: “Lee was a hell of a player at QPR, and if he can replicate that for Barnet then their fans are in for a treat.

“It's hard to come back from injuries like he had. He had to take a hit, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him topping the assists charts in the Conference.

“My fondest memories from our time together are from QPR's second season back in the Championship. I was on the right and he was on the left. He had pace but couldn't get a cross in, while I got crosses in but didn't have the pace!”

Following Saturday's friendly, Ainsworth also had only positive things to say about the Barnet side put together by another former QPR midfielder, Martin Allen.

He added: “Barnet were good strong opposition, very direct, and I think they will do well in the Conference. Martin has got them very organised.”

Blues boy: Gareth Ainsworth (left) is now manager at Wycombe Wanderers

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