Barrow AFC manager Ian Evatt is not concerned about the prospect of teams from higher divisions becoming interested in his players as a result of their superb performances in the National League.

The Bluebirds pulled three points clear at the top of the division after thrashing Maidenhead United 4-0 last Saturday, which was their 12th win in 14 league games.

Given their form, it wouldn’t be of any surprise if teams from the Football League were scouting their players, such as top scorer Scott Quigley or midfielder John Rooney, in preparation for when their transfer window reopens next month.

But with most of the players in their squad – barring loanees Oliver Greaves, Matt Platt and Tom White – tied down to contracts, AFC would gain financially should any club from League Two or above express firm interest during January.

Evatt said: “Scouts should be coming to watch us because we’ve got some very good young players, some big assets on the football pitch, but they’re our players and it’s our decision whether they come or go.

“In the past, that hasn’t always been the case, but mark my words now, if you want to take one of our players, you’re going to have to pay big money for them.”

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