Barrow have held talks with Burnley over extending Jimmy Dunne’s stay at Holker Street.

The 20-year-old Irish defender has been a revelation since his arrival in the summer, but his loan deal from the Premier League side runs out in January.

Dunne has started every game he has been available for since under managers Paul Cox, Micky Moore and Ady Pennock.

Only two suspensions picked up for red cards have disrupted his campaign, sitting out three matches for a dismissal at Solihull Moors and then four following his late sending off in the FA Cup defeat at Shaw Lane. The latter ban meant he did not play for caretaker boss Neill Hornby.

He picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the 1-0 defeat to Dagenham on Saturday, but will not serve a one-match ban, as the deadline for that to have an effect was at the end of November. He will thus be available for the FA Trophy trip to Nuneaton Town on Saturday.

And Pennock has nothing but praise for Dunne, having seen him pick up man-of-the-match awards in his past two games at Halifax and at home to the Daggers.

“He was fantastic, very good,” Pennock said of his Dagenham display. “Again, it was a good learning curve for him, and I thought he played very well.”

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