Star midfielder Jason Taylor insists he will not be feeling any pressure to reproduce his superb displays for Barrow AFC from last season in the coming campaign.

Taylor showed just why he was one of the few players to be signed on a two-year contract when he was one of a plethora of players signed by Bluebirds manager Ian Evatt, who had to build a squad almost from scratch after he took charge.

The 32-year-old had a superb first season at Holker Street, missing just three league games and performing consistently well to put a couple of difficult years behind him. The campaign ended with Taylor cleaning up at the club’s awards night, with ‘Player of the Year’ being just one of the five individual prizes he won.

Taylor said: “It doesn’t really add any pressure, to be honest. I think every player should be aiming to be as consistent as they can throughout the season.

“To be honest, I would prefer it if I don’t get any awards because that would mean that all the players have torn it up and one of the strikers will have got 15 or 20 goals.

“I’m hoping that the front four click and that they have a really, really good season.”

Taylor is well aware that he faces more competition in midfield this season after the arrivals of Mark Waddington and Oliver Greaves during the summer.

“I see it as a positive” Taylor said. “It’s only a good thing because other people coming in keeps you on your toes and you’re striving to make sure that you’re in the gaffer’s plans and you’re playing week in, week out.”