David Dunn believes new Barrow AFC No2 Rob Kelly’s know-how will serve the Bluebirds well in their return to the EFL.

Manager Dunn drafted in his former Blackburn youth team coach Kelly ahead of Saturday’s Carabao Cup tie at Derby.

Kelly, 55, is vastly experienced and was most recently working in the Bundesliga at Fortuna Dusseldorf.

He has coached at Wolves, Watford, Blackburn and Leicester, where a caretaker manager position led to more than a year in permanent charge.

Kelly subsequently moved on to coaching poses with Preston, Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest, West Brom, Leeds, Fleetwood and Bury, before linking up again with former Fleetwood and Leeds boss Uwe Rosler at Swedish club Malmo, followed by Dusseldorf.

Dunn said he expects Kelly to prove an effective right-hand man.

“I wanted to get the right people around me because I think that’s really important for a young manager,” the AFC boss said.

“I am absolutely delighted that Rob has agreed to come on board – I think it’s a bit of a coup for the football club.

“He was my youth team coach when I was at Blackburn and he has a wealth of experience having coached all over Europe so to get him alongside me is going to be a big help and a massive plus for the club.”

Kelly’s appointment came on the same day the EFL new boys snapped up former Burnley defender Scott Wilson.

The 20-year-old signed a permanent deal at Holker Street after leaving his home-town club.

Wilson spent part of last season on loan at Blyth Spartans. He had been on Premier League Burnley’s books since 2013.