Talented South Cumbrian youngsters will be given the chance to show new Barrow AFC boss Ian Evatt what they can do in first-team training sessions.

Evatt sees bringing in more local players as key to AFC building bridges and trust with their supporters and the community. The new manager is busy assembling a squad for the upcoming National League season, and he sees the area’s talent as being vital going forward.

Before Evatt’s arrival, AFC managing director Andrew Casson had already pointed towards a new strategy being put in place, where local players would play a key part. Nathan Waterston has already been signed on to a contract for next season, having impressed in the final two months of the last campaign following a move from Workington, and others are expected to follow.

Evatt certainly believes there is a wealth of untapped potential talent in the area, and he hopes to take a closer look at the cream of the crop, by inviting them to training. Even if they do not make it through to the first-team set-up, he believes it will benefit both them and their amateur clubs for having had the chance to be involved at Holker Street – a similar attitude and approach to that successfully adopted by Barrow Raiders with the district’s RL sides and players.

The Bluebirds boss said: “It’s a huge catchment area and there are no clubs close by. There must be a lot of local talent out there.

“I think it’s important moving forward that the club starts to build some trust locally in terms of tapping into the local teams – for us to take their best players, have a look at them, help them coaching-wise.”

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