New Barrow AFC manager David Dunn is looking into the possibility of bringing Matt Platt and Tom White back to Holker Street next season.

Both players enjoyed successful loan spells with the Bluebirds from Dunn's former club Blackburn Rovers last season and played a big part in helping them win promotion from the National League under Ian Evatt.

Platt turned out to be the dominant figure AFC were searching for at centre-back, in what was his second spell on loan from the Championship club, with them losing just four of the 29 league games in which the 22-year-old played.

Former Gateshead midfielder White joined Platt at the club in mid-November and added to Barrow's riches in the middle of the park while scoring in the victories against Ebbsfleet United and Dagenham & Redbridge.

Dunn made it clear during his unveiling on Thursday that he has already started to identify transfer targets and the fact he has these two players in mind will be music to the ears of supporters.

Dunn said: "I think it is something we'll look into. Tom and Matty did very well for Barrow last year, so the fans will have a connection with them anyway.

"It's very important that the recruitment process is right - nowadays it's more important than ever to get that right, so we'll be working really hard to attract the right players to the club to give us the best chance."

Adding to the 11 players already contracted isn't the only thing on Dunn's mind in the first few weeks of his time with the Bluebirds, as he also needs to build his backroom staff.

Assistant manager Peter Atherton, analyst Lewis Duckmanton and physio Callum Walters all left with Evatt for Bolton Wanderers last week.

Dunn said: "I'm speaking to a number of candidates for the jobs, but it's happened so quick for myself, coming here, so it is going to take a bit of time.

"What I don't want to do is rush because I want to get the right people around me and go on from there, so hopefully in the coming weeks we can make some appointments."

Unlike many managers coming into a new job, Dunn is entering a club that is on a high, after reaching the English Football League for the first time in 48 years, and he knows how important it is to keep that feel-good factor going.

"It was a great season, not just for the players and staff and the club, but for all the supporters," Dunn said.

"I always got the feeling it was a real community club and everyone was behind them, so we need to carry that on."