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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Walker firmly a Bluebird

BARROW AFC hotshot Jason Walker is staying put, despite impressing while on trial with Doncaster Rovers.

The Championship club have decided not to make an offer for the Flookburgh-based striker despite him scoring in both appearances in his time with the Dons.

Barrow joint-manager Dave Bayliss admitted to mixed feelings at Walker’s situation after Saturday’s 1-0 win at Morecambe – in which Walker scored the only goal – saying: “Jason couldn’t have done more as a player, scoring two goals in two games and he played really well by all accounts.

“It’s a shame he has had his head turned by Doncaster and nothing has really happened.

“We’re delighted that he’s staying. We wanted to keep Jason all along and said if didn’t work out he’d be welcomed back with open arms.

“It’s a double edged sword, we hope he stays but hope he goes for his own good but for the time being he’s our player and he’ll continue to play and help us along the way.”

After another impressive performance for the Bluebirds against Morecambe – a game watched by scouts from Carlisle, another side rumoured to be interested in the Barrow hitman – Bayliss was keen to stress how important Walker is to Barrow.

He added: “We’ve had enquiries, another Championship club wanted him to go and train with them but we’re not going to do that any more.

“We’ve been fair to Jay giving him two weeks at Doncaster but now there is a week to go before the start of the season and we’ve got to start looking out for ourselves.

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“If they want to sign him they can come and watch him and make an offer. I spoke to a couple of people from league clubs who were here today and I’m sure his stock has risen after today’s game.

“He’s our player for the foreseeable future, Jason knows that and he’s not been bitter, he knows we’ve done everything to help him.

“He plays a massive part in our team and all the players are delighted he’s back, he’s our player and he will continue to be until we receive an offer for him.”

Given AFC’s wafer-thin attacking options at present, Bayliss has made signing strikers his priority ahead of the new league campaign, but the club has already suffered a knock-back with a possible target.

“We did agree a deal with a League One club but the player had a change of heart but we are speaking to him again on Monday,” added the co-chief.

“We do need to strengthen that position, we’ve got Jason and he’s our only contracted striker but that is a position we are going strengthen and will be bringing in players by the end of next week.”

“The striker situation is a little bit worrying but I’ll turn my phone off between now and Tuesday and I’ll tell Brian to do the same so we don’t receive an offer for Jason!”

l Barrow AFC replica shirts have gone on sale at the club shop. The shirts were worn for the first time at Morecambe and are available for £38 adults (non-members), £35 for members and £30 for juniors.

The club shop will be open between 9am and 3.30pm every day.

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