Barrow AFC manager David Dunn is looking forward to seeing how a couple of his new signings fare in what will be their first crack at the English Football League season.

Dunn has brought in seven players since being appointed by the Bluebirds just over a month ago, amongst them defender James Jones, who arrived last week after impressing in National League North with Altrincham.

Although he didn't play in Alty's play-off final victory against Boston last week, Jones played a big part in helping get that far in being voted their Young Player of the Year.

The 23-year-old comes with the slightly bizarre claim to fame of not having any EFL experience, yet he has played in a Champions League qualifier for Welsh club The New Saints.

Dunn said: "I really like the look of James. I watched him on a good few occasions and obviously did a lot of research, in terms of his character and what he was like.

"Everybody spoke really highly of him - people in the game that I trust that have come across him and worked with him and know him.

"He's one that I'm really looking forward to seeing on the pitch because I feel he will be a really good asset for us.

Also new to League Two will be Northern Ireland under-21 international Bobby Burns, who joined on a two-year contract after leaving Scottish side Hearts, via a loan stint with Newcastle Jets in Australia.

He comes with quite a bit of first-team experience by a 20-year-old's standards and his ambition to achieve senior honours with Northern Ireland during his time with Barrow is something that has impressed Dunn.

He said: "I was absolutely delighted to get him over the line. Again, there's a great mentality about him and I think the supporters are really going to enjoy what he brings to the team.

"We're going to give him the platform to try and become a senior international, so why not? I love players that have ambition. I want them all hungry, I want them all the better themselves and I want them all to go on and have good careers.

"They're young lads - yes, they've got experience, but they're young players and I want them to go again.

"I'm really looking forward to the season. We'll bring a couple more in to help the squad, but I'm happy with what I'm seeing at the minute."