Barnet have signed former Nottingham Forest midfielder Mark Byrne on a free transfer. The 22-year-old was on loan with the Bees last season and scored six goals in 31 appearances. Barnet made a move to bring him to the club on a permanent deal after his release by Forest. A number of other clubs, including Chesterfield, were interested in the Irishman but he has put pen to paper on a two-year contract at Underhill. Byrne told the Barnet website: "It is true that there has been interest from elsewhere. But I am more than pleased, having been with the Bees last season, to make Barnet my choice and to stay with the lads. "The form we showed at the back end of last season and the arrival of Lawrie Sanchez to work with Giuliano Grazioli makes me think we can do so much better this time." The Bee have already snapped up Oxford United's Sam Deering and ex-Northern Ireland midfielder Mark Hughes so far this summer. Sanchez said: "I am pleased that Mark has joined. He was to the front in being instrumental in helping us avoiding relegation at the end of last season. "He is a player with a lot of potential - good at set plays and with the ability to score goals from midfield. Signing for us could be the passage to him rising to be a top player."