As Barrow AFC manager Ian Evatt gets ready to pull on the boots for one last time against Blackpool this afternoon, defender Brad Barry has thanked him for providing the platform to express himself on the field.

Barry, who played alongside Evatt at Chesterfield, has impressed from right-back in his three pre-season outings so far and showed signs of forming a promising partnership down that side with Dior Angus.

The 24-year-old was impressed with the Bluebirds' style of play when he face them with the Spireites last season and is hoping repay the faith his former teammate-turned-boss is showing in him.

Barry said: "Obviously, I saw them last season and the way they played exactly fitted me.

"I don't want to get it and boot it because I'm not that type of player. I want to get the ball down and play and the gaffer has told me that's what we're going to do.

"He's given me everything that I wanted and everything that I need and as I know him and I trust him, he believes in me."

Barry is impressed with what he has seen in the last couple of weeks from Angus, who has been one of Barrow's sharpest players since the squad returned to action.

"We've got great forwards in the team, they're brilliant," Barry said. "Dior is a threat and it's the same with Josh Kay, who is amazing up there and we've got Quigsy [Scott Quigley] as well."