Barrow AFC goalkeeper Joel Dixon has signed a new one-year contract that will keep him at Holker Street for the 2019/20 season.

Dixon is the Bluebirds’ longest-serving player, having been signed by then-manager Darren Edmondson in 2015 after he had been released by Sunderland earlier that summer.

He has been AFC’s first-choice No.1 under current boss Ian Evatt since his return to the side against Ebbsfleet United on November 3, playing in every National League fixture since.

The 25-year-old has kept 12 clean sheets in 25 appearances this season, which he was forced to begin on the sidelines after undergoing knee surgery last summer.

He also had to miss most of the 2016/17 campaign after sustaining cruciate ligament damage, but he has shrugged off those setbacks to become one of Evatt’s more reliable performers since coming back.

Dixon told the club's website: “I couldn’t be happier to be staying for another year. Obviously I’ve been here for quite a while now and it hasn’t always been easy, but I’m just enjoying being back on the pitch every week.

"Everyone at the club, from the chairman to the fans, have been fantastic with me, and I can’t wait to see what next season brings.

"The gaffer has made it clear where he wants us to go as a team and as a club and I’m glad to have signed a new deal to be a part of it all.”

Dixon’s re-signing is a real boost for Barrow, who are working hard to keep the spine of their squad at the club for next season to add to the recent permanent signing of midfielder Lewis Hardcastle from Blackburn Rovers.