UPDATED 05:22 14th June 2015
31-year old Barry penned a two-year deal with the U’s in June 2015 shortly after clinching promotion to League One with Southend. Starting his career at Leeds then Sheffield Wednesday, he made a Football League debut for the Owls in 2005 and was later despatched on career-building loan deals to both Swindon and Bristol City.
Barry scored three goals in eight matches whilst with the former and eventually signed a permanent deal at the County Ground during the summer of 2007, having made 19 appearances for parent club Wednesday. His opportunities with the Robins proved limited, although, he did bag a further seven goals in 12 starts before moving south to join Exeter. He netted six times in 20 starts throughout his year in Devon, but a 2010 switch to Southend triggered a prolific run of form.
Strong in the air and able to lead the line, he racked up 63 goals in 131 starts at Roots Hall, whilst making 185 appearances in total. Barry was also named Man of the Match in Southend's League Two Play-off Final win over Wycombe at the end of the 2014/15 season.
The Irishman bagged an opening day brace on his debut when United defeated Newport at the Cambs Glass Stadium last year but, despite increasing that tally to twelve by the end of December 2015, he missed the remainder of the campaign due to a knee injury.