BOBBY Burns has left Barrow AFC after his contract at Holker Street was mutually terminated, the club has confirmed.

The 21-year-old defender joined The Bluebirds last summer after a two-year stay with Scottish side Hearts, but failed to make an impression at Holker Street and leaves having made no league appearances for AFC.

Northern Irishman Burns moved back to his native country last October as he signed for NIFL Premiership side Glentoran on loan.

However, he suffered a cruel injury just a month into his spell in East Belfast, as he sustained a double leg break an hour into a league game against Coleraine.

Coleraine’s James McLaughlin was sent off for his challenge, which broke the left back’s tibia and fibula, but Burns later said he believed it was an ‘honest tackle to play the ball’ during a Twitter post.

Burns had returned to fitness for Mark Cooper’s side and even featured during AFC’s pre-season friendly loss against Bolton Wanderers last Saturday at Holker Street.

This proved to be the last time Barrow supporters would see Burns in a Bluebirds shirt as the club announced his departure on Wednesday evening.

A statement said: “Bobby Burns has left Barrow after it was mutually agreed to cancel his contract with the club.

“Following discussions with the club it has now been mutually agreed that the remainder of his contract be cancelled.

“We would like to thank him for his efforts whilst with Barrow and wish him every success in his future career.”