GOALKEEPER Graham Stack is happy to be the old head marshalling Barnet's inexperienced backline.
The former Arsenal shot-stopper is a relative veteran at the age of 31 compared with defensive young guns such as David Stephens and Anthony Acheampong.
Stack, who also lists the likes of Reading and Wolves among his old clubs, was often the hero at Underhill last season and made 41 appearances for the club last season in an ever-changing defence.
Full established as a key part of Edgar Davids' plans, Stack admits it can be a big responsibility to look after the youngsters and guide them through matches in the Conference Premier.
But the keeper must be doing something right, Barnet having only conceding once so far this term and looking to maintain their unbeaten start at home to Nuneaton this Saturday.
“I would always say as a goalkeeper, leadership qualities are incredibly important, even more so with a back four as young as ours,” Stack explained.
“This can be in ways such as giving them constructive criticism and encouragement; as well as being vocal throughout the game, and helping them with their positioning.
“It is a big responsibility, but that young defence are wiser and older, and will be more equipped this year.”
Barnet lie second in the table following Saturday’s 2-1 win at Gateshead, level on points with table-toppers Cambridge, with three games of the new season gone.
Davids' boys are yet to taste defeat having won two and drawn one of their opening fixtures. This weekend's opponents, Nuneaton, boast the same record.
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