New Barrow AFC full-back Connor Brown is the perfect fit for Bluebirds boss Ian Evatt.

Brown, 26, signed a one-year deal with AFC before their pre-season opener against the Furness Select last weekend, with the manager describing him as ‘different class’.

He went on to play in that game before it was abandoned after half-an-hour due to an injury to striker Jacob Blyth, and then played the first half of Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Carlisle United at Holker Street.

Brown had been training with Evatt and his squad throughout the first week of pre-season, having spent last season firstly with Guiseley in the National League and then with National League North York City.

The Sheffield United youth product was released by the Minstermen at the end of the season, and Evatt praised the impact he has already made with the Barrow squad.

“I’ve known of Connor when he was at Sheffield United as a young kid,” said Evatt of his fourth summer signing – following Blyth, Josh Kay and John Rooney.

“We had him in for the week last week, and he was different class. His attitude was spot-on; the way he trained was spot-on; and in terms of full-backs and how I want to play, he pretty much fits the bill.

“He’s quick, he’s athletic, he’s strong and feisty and he loves a tackle. He fit the remit of what we are looking for.

“He’s also of that age where we can develop him and make him an asset to the football club.”

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