BARROW AFC have completed a double signing from Welsh side Colwyn Bay.

The Bluebirds have brought in Jack Hindle and Astley Mulholland from the Northern Premier League Division One North side.

The attacking duo become the second and third signings of the summer, following a deal for defender Josh Granite from Northern Premier League Premier Division side Ashton United.

They join a club presently without a manager and seeking their fourth boss in less than a year following the departure of Ady Pennock earlier in the summer. Interviews for the vacant post are taking place this week, with news of an appointment expected in the near future.

“It has been an interesting process going through the early recruitment phase without a manager in place,” said AFC managing director Andrew Casson. “We've got the focus on bringing in guys who have the right attitude, have the right work ethic and do want to put a shift in rain or shine – we feel like these are guys who will play well under any manager.

“We're pleased we've got the four of them in (including Nathan Waterston, who signed a one-year deal after joining AFC late in the season) and, with the guys who are already under contract, have a solid base to build on over the next six to eight weeks.”

South Manchester native Mulholland, 30, was top-scorer for the Welsh side last season, with 18 goals as they finished ninth in the division – three flights below the National League, where Barrow play their football.

Hindle, 24, scored 13 in the same campaign – including the goal of the season against Scarborough Athletic.

Both have played at lower levels in recent seasons, with Hindle joining Colwyn Bay from Radcliffe Borough last season and Mulholland having turned out for Flixton, Altrincham – where he played in the Conference – FC United and Chorley in a well-travelled non-league career.

They were highlighted to Barrow by chief scout Paul Ogden, who himself returned to the club this month following his departure at the end of last year.

“Paul has pretty much been the impetus,” added Casson. “He brought Jack and Astley in pretty early and played up their credentials and ability. Josh Granite was a guy he liked for a long time, but wasn't sure if he was available or not. He found out he was available to sign and moved very quickly as we knew he would be highly coveted by a few teams at this level. Paul has been the driving force behind all of them.

The signings of three North West-based players from lower-division sides fits in with the statement issued by Casson last month.

He declared a new approach going forward for the club from recent years, when there have been a number of former Football League recruits based around the country brought in.

Casson said: “The structure and cost for the first team will be closely analysed and brought in line with club revenues. While the scope of the changes required is still being determined, we enter the summer season with a much different ambition for the next year or two.

“We will be more realistic with our expectations for every season, with our primary aim being to put together a team that works hard, plays good football, and plays with pride for the badge on their shirts.”