Published: 07:00, 07 June 2012
by Andrew Gidley
Midfielder Neil Barrett is working harder than ever during his summer break, aiming to raise much needed revenue for Ebbsfleet United.
As well as featuring in Liam Daish’s squad, the 24-year-old is working as the club’s commercial manager, an arduous job in the present economic climate but one that he is enjoying.
"Being a player doing the job is a little bit different," said Barrett. "Football is a universal language and it helps get your foot in the door.
"My remit is to retain the existing sponsors whose support has been fantastic, and bring in new clients and new money to the club."
Barrett (pictured) took on the job himself after asking Jessica McQueen and Daish if there was anything he could do on behalf of the club.
He added: "I am good friends with the former commercial manager at York, who gave me a lot of advice before I started. Things are difficult at the moment but doing a deal is very satisfying."
Barrett is also trying to get the local community more involved in the club.
He said: "The club has to increase its profile locally. We play in a national league and that is something people should be proud of."