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Edmondson Keen to Settle Burns` Future

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Darren Edmondson, manager of Skrill North club Barrow AFC, has revealed that player-of-the-season candidate….

….Andy Burns is poised to sign a new deal which will ensure he remains at Holker Street next term.

The reliable right-back not only delivered another committed defensive display at Solihull Moors on Saturday, he netted his first goal for the club, sending Barrow on their way to an excellent 2-0 success.

Now the 20-year-old is one of the contract hopefuls among Edmondson’s squad who could rubber-stamp new deals for next season at the weekend, when the Bluebirds host Bradford Park Avenue. Edmondson said: “Andy Burns was one of the first players I spoke to and he’ll hopefully put pen-to-paper this weekend, we’ve just got to sort out a few figures.

“But he’s a lad who is not motivated by money, he’s motivated by being in a dressing room he enjoys being in and playing football at as high a level as possible.

“So, hopefully, he’s one of the ones who is already nailed on for us.”

Burns joined Barrow last summer after being released by Dagenham & Redbridge, and has arguably been the club’s most consistent performer this term.

Edmondson, who was appointed as boss in December, added: “Generally, he’s been very good and I believe he was like that before I came here, he was one of the more consistent performers.

“And I think that before I came here when it wasn’t going very well, you can see why he was one of the consistent ones because his levels are there but, ultimately, he’s a winner.

“He goes into every tackle like it’s his last and he never wants to be beaten in them.”

Edmondson has already stated he wishes to retain the nucleus of his squad, while also setting an initial target of tying around eight to ten players to new contracts before the end of the campaign.

“More people will be spoken to this week and then, hopefully, we’ll try and get some things tied up this weekend with regards to actual contracts for people to put signatures on,” the Holker Street boss said.

Edmondson hailed his side’s return to form at Solihull, where they earned a first win in eight Conference North games.

“We’ve spoken this week – myself, coach Alex Meechan and the players – and taken responsibility for the last couple of weeks,” explained Edmondson after Saturday’s win.

“Not so much in terms of team selection, etc., but with how we’ve all motivated ourselves.

“Saturday was a lot better – the intensity from the team, the positivity in there and the work-rate was where we were three or four weeks ago.

“So we’re all responsible for that, and we’ve got to make sure that every week these are the heights we reach and against a side, that at the start of the season was one of the favourites to do well, we’ve totally dominated them and restricted them to very little.

“So it was very pleasing but that’s what the players can do, it’s where they are and it’s what we should expect from them every week.”

The only significant negative to come out of Saturday’s win was combative midfielder Paddy Lacey picking up a tenth booking of the campaign for a late challenge, and also a two-match ban.

Conference rules mean Lacey’s suspension will come into force a fortnight from Saturday. That means he should be banned from playing in the final-day home clash against Hednesford Town and the first game of next season – much to Edmondson’s frustration.

“I think it’s a ridiculous rule, you shouldn’t carry things on to next year,” said Edmondson.

“I think the Conference have got to look at it and change it. The ten-bookings suspension should come into effect earlier on so that it doesn’t continue into next year, it makes it a farce then.

“But that’s the way it is and I’m not going to knock that out of Paddy Lacey’s game.

“That’s what he’s about – putting his foot in, being whole-hearted and playing with his heart on his sleeve so to speak, and he wins his tackles and headers.”

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