Barrow AFC have made their fifth summer signing this morning with former Carlisle United defender Patrick Brough signing becoming the latest part of manager Ian Evatt's recruitment drive.

Brough has signed for the Bluebirds on a two-year contract, with the option of a further year, and will arrive at Holker Street after a year in the Scottish Premiership with Falkirk.

The 23-year-old plays predominantly at left-back and is set to replace Rhys Norrington-Davies, who had a successful loan spell with the club from Sheffield United last season.

Brough began his career with Carlisle, making his debut, aged 17, in a League Cup tie against Blackburn Rovers (AFC's first pre-season opponents) in August 2013.

He spent time on loan with Lincoln City and Salford before being released by the Cumbrians in the summer of 2017, having made 49 appearances for his hometown club.

He subsequently signed for Morecambe, where he spent one season before moving north of the border. He made 20 appearances in all competitions for Falkirk in the last campaign.

On the arrival of his latest recruit, manager Ian Evatt said: "After Rhys left last season, I identified pretty quickly what I needed from that position.

"We needed a left-sided defender, we needed someone who was athletic, someone who is good with the ball and Patrick ticks all those boxes.

"With him being a Cumbrian lad as well, it should keep the locals happy and we're looking forward to getting started.

"He's a big physical specimen, but he's also very technical and good with the ball. We need and have to have technical players in our team to be the possession-based team that we are and Patrick is that."

Brough's imminent arrival comes after the earlier signings of Morgan Penfold, Bradley Barry, Scott Quigley and the conversion of Dior Angus' loan deal from Port Vale into a permanent transfer.

Evatt is hoping to bring in one more player before the Barrow squad return for pre-season training at the start of next month.

He said: "I'm really happy with the business we've done all over the pitch - I think we've more or less got our number one targets in every area.

"I think we possibly need another centre-half and a midfield player, but other than that, we're more or less done.

"There will be a lad joining on loan, I think before we start pre-season, from Sheffield United, but other than that I think we are almost there."