Ian Evatt has opened the door for Barrow AFC’s transfer-listed trio to fight their way back into the first-team.
Evatt signed a two-year deal as manager at Holker Street last week, with his first major task to assemble a squad ready for the start of the National League season on Saturday, August 4.
At the time of his arrival, the Bluebirds had just 11 players on their books – 10 after Asa Hall joined Torquay United yesterday – and more than a third of them were put on the transfer list at the end of last season’s eventually successful relegation escape.
Already, Jordan White has taken advantage of his transfer-listing to return north of the border to Inverness Caledonian Thistle, but four the future’s of four more members of last year’s squad remain uncertain. Captain Hall’s move to Torquay – a side closer to his home in the West Country – was confirmed by the National League South outfit yesterday, while Dan Jones, Jack Barthram and Bedsente Gomis are still available.
AFC managing director Andrew Casson confirmed this week there had been some informal enquiries regarding the remaining trio, but nothing concrete in terms of approaches or offers.
And Evatt, who was appointed as the new AFC boss a week ago, considers them part of his plans and would be happy for them to prove they should be back among the regular starters when pre-season training begins at the start of next month.
“At the moment, I’m not going to force anyone out the door,” said the 26-year-old former Blackpool Premier League centre-half. “We’ve budgeted to have them available to us, so if they start pre-season and they show me that they are willing to fight for this football club, willing to fight for the shirt and show me that they want to be here, then there will be no issues at all. That’s what I demand, that’s what I expect.”
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