FOREST Green midfielder Anthony Barry will  remain on loan at Accrington Stanley until the end of the season.

Signed by former boss David Hockaaday on a three-year deal  in the summer of 2013, Barry made 36 league appearances last season.

It was at Accrington where Barry began his senior career and he helped Stanley to promotion to the Football League as Conference champions. 

The Football League outfit currently sit 13th in the division above Forest Green and are only five points off the play-offs.

Boss John Coleman was pleased to have been able to keep Barry at the club until the end of this campaign.

“He’s great to have around the place and his good habits tend to rub off on the rest of the players,” he explained.

“It’s been a bit frustrating for Anthony that he hasn’t played as much as he would have wanted.

“I sat down and had a chat with him and said that this situation probably suits us a bit more than it suits him to be honest.

“He’s a good player, he’s willing and ready and I know that he wants to be playing.

“He loves the club and we didn’t have to think twice about extending the deal.

“He’s a valuable experienced professional in our dressing room, he’s got a good rapport with the players and I’ve got no hesitation in putting him in the team if we need to play him. He’s a great asset to us.”