Barrow AFC manager Ian Evatt is happy that he now has time to get on-loan striker Kyle McFarlane up to speed ahead of his home debut against FC Halifax Town next week, The Mail say.

McFarlane didn’t have much time to get to know his new teammates ahead of his first game for the Bluebirds, against Havant & Waterlooville last Saturday.

The 22-year-old had only joined on a one-month loan from Birmingham City the day before and had just one training session with AFC before the 2-0 loss against the Hawks, which ended an eight-game unbeaten run in the National League.

Evatt’s side have a free weekend, due to their early elimination from the FA Trophy, which has given McFarlane, as well as this week’s new signing Sam Hird, the chance to get used to their way of doing things before the Shaymen’s visit to Holker Street.

Evatt said: “He brings a lot of pace – he only joined us the day before, so it was a case of throwing him in there and seeing how he got on.

“We can work with him now because we’ve got two weeks to get him up to speed and get him used to knowing what we do, but he has assets.”

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