Ady Pennock has predicted a big future in the game for defender Jimmy Dunne after he left Barrow AFC.

The 20-year-old Irishman’s loan from Premier League Burnley expired on Tuesday, and two days later League Two Accrington Stanley confirmed he had joined their ranks. Dunne was a virtual ever-present under Pennock at Barrow, missing only his first game in charge – the 2-0 home defeat to Macclesfield Town – through suspension.

The former Manchester United youth has been one of the Bluebirds’ best players during his five months on loan at Holker Street, putting in a string of man-of-the-match displays in recent weeks. While disappointed to have lost a key man in his defence, Pennock is delighted Dunne has been given the chance to feature in the Football League, and hailed his impact during his time at Barrow.

“I’m delighted for him,” said the AFC boss. “He is an an absolutely top man. He’s a very good kid, he wants to learn, he he done really well for us, and I’m delighted for him.

“Of course, we wanted to keep him, but the bigger picture is that Burnley are very pleased with us at the football club, with the way we have treated him. We wanted him to stay until the end of the season, but if you look at the way he played for us, he wore his heart on his sleeve and he was very good.”

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