Harry Crawford has thanked Dartford for respecting his wishes and helping his return to professional football.
The 21-year-old striker, pictured, signed a three-year deal at Barnet last week, six months after arriving at Princes Park.
His goals fired the Darts up the Blue Square Bet Premier table but grabbed the attention of the League 2 club, managed by Dutch legend Edgar Davids.
Crawford, unable to secure full-time football last summer, impressed on trial but told the club he did not want to sign a contract.
That didn’t put off manager Tony Burman and the former Southend player featured in 30 games and scored 15 goals.
He said: "I can’t speak any negative words about Dartford. I stated to them that I didn’t want to sign a contract, that I wanted to go back into full-time football.
"I’ve got to thank Tony, especially, for standing by me and respecting my decision. The gaffer has been class to me, the club has shown me full support. I can’t thank them enough."
Crawford went into the Barnet squad at Burton on Saturday and came off the bench 18 minutes from time in the Bees’ 1-0 defeat.
Don't miss out, subscribe today. Keep up to date with our newsletters.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Find out what's going on in the garden, with Kent expert Lucy Hewett's weekly update.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.