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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Boyes ‘is best prospect we’ve had’ – AFC boss

BARROW AFC manager Dave Bayliss believes striker Adam Boyes is the best prospect the club has had during his five-year reign.

The 21-year-old forward – a former Manchester United youth triallist – netted 22 times in all competitions last season to finish as the club’s top goalscorer.

And while fellow young guns Andy Cook and Jack Mackreth, both also aged 21, have this summer turned down fresh deals at Barrow to join Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Grimsby and Macclesfield respectively, former York City and Scunthorpe United hot-shot Boyes, who signed a new 18-month AFC contract in October, will again wear blue and white next season.

Bayliss said: “The first thing I did when I got back from holiday (last Tuesday) was ring Boyesy.

“With Cooky and Jack leaving, I wanted to make sure he was okay. He’s fine.

“Boyesy is a great lad who is very dedicated to his job. He’s a quiet kid, not a party lad or anything like that.

“Boyesy has done the right thing (by staying at Barrow).

“The other two (Cook and Mackreth) leaving, in my opinion, have taken sideways steps in their careers and have made bad moves.

“Boyesy had a big move early in his career (York to Scunthorpe in 2009) and wants to get that again. I’m sure he will do – with us.

“When the time is right he will get that big move because he is probably the best prospect we have ever had here.

“It is not about money for him, it’s about having a good career and I am sure he will have that.

“Boyesy is really looking forward to next season and is determined to keep improving.”

* The Football Conference’s plan to introduce new financial rules has been put on hold.

A number of clubs at the league’s AGM on Saturday opposed the ‘Budget Reporting Scheme’ which would see members provide their season’s budget for summer scrutiny.

According to yesterday’s The Non-League Paper: “The plan met opposition from several clubs on the insistence that loans would not be allowed as part of a proposed budget.

“The league want any cash injections to be equity investments or gifts to prevent directors walking away and demanding their money back.”

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