Midfielder Sam Sheridan and right-back Andy Burns have agreed to sign contracts which will keep them tied to…
….Skrill North club Barrow AFC until the end of the campaign.
And combative midfielder Paddy Lacey could soon follow suit as he is in talks with Barrow boss Darren Edmondson over securing a similar deal.
Sheridan, 24, and 20-year-old Burns only sealed non-contract terms when they arrived in the summer.
But they are set to pen deals on Saturday when Barrow will attempt to stretch their unbeaten run to eleven games at Aggborough against Worcester City.
Edmondson has rewarded the duo for their fine displays, while he also wants to safeguard the club from any unwanted approaches from rival clubs.
“They have both been excellent for me,” said Edmondson, who was appointed Barrow boss in December.
“It obviously took Sheridan longer to get into the starting eleven after I took over, but he’s been exceptional in midfield when he’s been used.
“He’s got drive and I think he’s totally transformed his game, we’re now seeing what he’s about.
“He’s put a bit more of a combative edge into his game, rather than just being a ball-player. He’s been a good all-round midfielder.”
And commenting on the consistent Burns, Edmondson added: “Burns has been excellent this season anyway, so that was really a no-brainer. He’s consistently been one of the better performers, and that’s what you need – consistent performers because they help you put results together.
“So he’s been integral in our recent run and one of our first priorities was to make sure Burns didn’t go anywhere until the end of the season.
“And now it gives us leeway to talk about next year on the back of not having the pressure of people leaving.”
Lacey, who is also operating on non-contract terms but misses the Worcester trip as he serves the first match of a three-game suspension, has also been offered a deal until the end of the season.
It is understood the 20-year-old wants to remain in Furness, and Edmondson said: “We’re trying to do a deal with Paddy and I’ll be speaking to him over the next few days to talk about it.
“He took a lot of stick when I first came here but he’s improved his game, although I’m sure that’s down to confidence. For his age, he’s a real asset in this league and he’s been very dominant in a lot of games.
“He’s come up against some really good midfielders and, with the other lads in there helping him, he’s been an excellent engine and driving force for us.”
Fellow midfielder Alex-Ray Harvey also had the chance to sign a deal until the end of the campaign but while he is committed to remaining at Holker Street over that period, he has opted to remain on non-contract terms over the coming months.
Loan striker Tom Corner is close to making a full recovery from a hamstring injury – which has kept him out since January 28th.
Edmondson still intends to try and extend the loan deal of defender Liam Willis from Southport. Fellow left-back Paul Edwards is close to returning from a back problem and the versatile Niall Cowperthwaite can also do a defensive job on the left-hand side.
So if the Willis loan extension deal does not come off – although it is still mostly likely that the youngster will remain at Barrow – Edmondson could use those allocated funds to bring in a different player with the manager also looking down ‘other avenues’.