BARROW AFC manager Ian Evatt insists if they were promoted to the English Football League, they would be there to compete and not just make up the numbers.

However, he does admit that the situation is still unclear at the moment.

The Bluebirds have seen overwhelming support from across the country for their fight to be promoted to the League Two.

The National League has written to clubs giving them a deadline of this Friday to bring forward ideas - with the feasibility of holding play-offs in the balance.

The board will then have the final decision and is set to meet again early next week.

“Our position has not changed on this really, we still want promotion," said Evatt.

“It is amazing to see the support we have had from everyone including leading figures in the sporting world.

“It is slightly unclear at the moment what decision is going to be made.

"It is not ideal, when preparing for next season, not knowing what division we are going to be in, so it is difficult to make plans because of that.

“The team are just missing football at the moment but they are more worried about whether they will get promotion or not. They feel they deserve it, everyone does.

“If we were promoted to the football league the goal would be to compete.

“We certainly would not just be there to make up the numbers.”

Clubs have been notified that the number of promotion places across their three divisions could potentially be changed.

A letter sent to all 68 clubs on Monday warned that if either the National League play-offs do not take place, or League Two in the English Football League (EFL) is not completed, then 'it is quite possible that the promotion place for a play-off winner could be jeopardised'.

If the EFL does not finish its season, then bottom club Stevenage are likely to avoid the drop with only one team going up, which it is hoped would be Barrow.

Barrow finished the season top of the National League, four points clear of nearest rivals Harrogate, after fixtures were suspended on March 16.

There was scheduled to be one automatic promotion place awarded to the league winners with a second spot to be decided by the play-offs.