Northern Ireland under-21 international Bobby Burns is looking forward to trying his hand in English football for the first time after signing for Barrow AFC.

The 20-year-old midfielder joined the Bluebirds on a two-year contract on Tuesday to become manager David Dunn's seventh summer signing ahead of the clubs first season in the English Football League since 1972.

For the past two years, Burns had been contracted to Scottish club Hearts, who signed him from Glenavon after he had made a big impression in the Irish Premiership as a teenager.

He was sent out on loan twice in that time, with the most recent of those spells being at Newcastle Jets in Australia's A-League, which came to a premature end in April thanks to the coronavirus pandemic suspending the season.

Burns told the Irish FA's website: "The move came about very quickly. Last week I got a phone call to say that Barrow where interested in signing me.

"After speaking to the manager I was very impressed by the club's project and where they are aiming to go.

"The manager was keen to get me and I feel that the move gives me a great chance to play games and establish myself in England.

"Naturally I’m very excited to be going to England and joining the best football pyramid in the world.

"I can’t wait to get started and hopefully we can start the season well and get some momentum."