Striker Dior Angus is delighted to have had his future decided early in the summer after he returned to Barrow AFC on a permanent transfer on Monday.

Angus was part of a double signing made by the Bluebirds that day, with former Blackpool forward Scott Quigley also joining, as manager Ian Evatt continued to get his summer business done early.

The 25-year-old knew Evatt wanted to keep him on before the conclusion of his previous loan spell from Port Vale, meaning he could enjoy his fishing holiday safe in the knowledge of where he’d be playing his football next season.

That is in contrast to many other footballers who get released in the summer, who reach pre-season, or even beyond the big kick-off in August, without them being able to find a new club.

Angus said: “It’s great to have that peace of mind because footballers always have that kind of uncertain future.

“To know that it’s all sorted, I can relax and enjoy my time off before working to get back ready and hit the ground running for next season.

“It was just before the end of the season that I found out the manager wanted to sign me. Obviously, I was kind of worried with my injury because it had me thinking ‘was he going to keep me on?’

“But he said to me that I’d made enough of an impact and that I was good around the dressing room and that he’d seen enough to suggest that I can kick on next season.”

Angus now has the chance to make a real impression at Holker Street after scoring twice in 11 appearances during his loan spell, which ran from January.

His campaign came to a frustrating end, however, as he suffered an ankle injury during the win at Wrexham in early March that proved difficult to return from, with Angus admitting he was too eager in trying to come back.

Angus said: “It was frustrating because it felt like I was starting to build momentum by being in the team.

“It takes a while to get used to the lads and for them to get used to you and I was two goals deep and feeling like there was more to come, as I always do anyway.

“The injury was a bit of a sucker-punch, especially when I tried to come back and suffering a setback was really frustrating.

“With it being so near to the end of the season, I was trying to rush my way back, I think, but lesson learned for next time.

“I think you always are playing for your future in football, but I wanted to prove to the manager that I was someone he wanted to keep for next season, which means that’s I’ve just done enough to do that.”