IAN Evatt does not expect Barrow AFC to be making any more signings this season, barring any major injury problems afflicting the squad.

Blackburn Rovers Under-23 captain Lewis Hardcastle was drafted into the squad at the end of last week on an initial one-month youth loan and made his debut off the bench in the closing stages of the drawn game with Bromley.

The Bluebirds have added under-21 player Sam Stephenson and Tom Dawson to the senior team as well, although manger Evatt does not intend to bring in any other new faces for the rest of the Vanarama National League campaign.

“That will be the end of our recruiting, barring any severe injury problems,” said Evatt.

“We have got a lot of players when everyone is available and fit. We have just got to get them on the pitch.

“We need to be sustainable as a football club so we can’t keep spending money on players. There comes a point where we have got what we have got. I have certainly got enough players when everyone is available

“On Saturday, for large spells we dominated against a good Bromley side so we deserve credit for that. Now we keep working hard on the training pitch; get people back from injuries and from suspension and have a good push for the final 14 games of the season.”

Evatt is considering the possibility of giving game time to the youngsters he has recruited in the coming weeks as well, should the situation allow it.

He had already signed under-21 player Christian Sloan on first team registration forms and last week he added Holker Old Boys goalkeeper Stephens to his squad.

Stephens came into the squad as back-up for first-choice goalkeeper Joel Dixon, while striker Dawson is only 16 but has scored nine goals in as many games for the Bluebirds’ youth team this season.

Stephens and midfielder Sloan, who came through the youth system at West Lancs side Hawcoat Park were both on the match-day bench last Saturday, but injury ruled out Dawson who has been playing for Vickerstown in the West Lancashire League Premier Division.

“I’m happy to have them involved and they deserve to be involved when we are light in numbers because of the work they have done in the under-21s,” said Evatt.

“I pick a team every week to win matches, I will do what I see best to get the right result and either include them or not. I don’t have to include them but it would be nice if I can get them on the pitch.

“Certainly Christian has impressed when he’s trained with us, but there is high competition.”