David Dunn believes Barrow’s older heads will be crucial to his side’s ability to establish themselves in the Football League.

The AFC boss says the experienced professionals in his ranks have a key part to play this season.

The Bluebirds have made a positive start to life back in the EFL, having fought their way to two cup draws against higher division opposition.

They followed that by coming five minutes from a memorable opening-day league win against Stevenage.

Dunn can call on seasoned pros like midfielder Mike Jones this season.

The equally experienced Jason Taylor also brings plenty of know-how to the AFC squad, with plenty of Football League experience in other departments.

Manager Dunn said such individuals will have an important part to play on and off the pitch in helping Barrow’s younger players make their mark.

“People like that are going to be vital for us,” said Dunn.

“They are really good, experienced pros.

“The way I want to play is obviously very high-tempo and with a lot of athleticism in there.

"But they will be right there and they will also be backing up all the lads who perhaps haven’t had the experience in the league.

“That’s something they can do very well.”

Former Carlisle United and Bury midfielder Jones came close to scoring on his league debut for the Bluebirds in the 1-1 draw with Stevenage.

Another summer signing, Kgosi Ntlhe, struck the woodwork and the former Peterborough man is another with plenty of experience under his belt.

Ntlhe, 26, joined Barrow recently after spells with Scunthorpe, Rochdale and Stevenage and had 155 league appearances to his name prior to his switch to Holker Street.

Dunn said: “I was really impressed with how Kgosi handled himself when he came in for that week or so [before signing].

“He gives us some really good balance on the left side of pitch, which we needed.

“Again, he’s another one whose experience will be very important going forward.”

Dunn is now preparing his side for their first away league game with Barrow heading to south Wales for a clash with Newport County.

The Welsh side started the League Two season with a 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe.

Dunn insists a tightly-knit squad will be heading to Rodney Parade and says he is pleased with the attitude his players are showing.

“It’s the same as I said the other week – everything we try and do, they buy into,” he said.

“You don’t hear one of them moan or whinge about anything we do, and you don’t hear them whinging about facilities, about games…they do really buy into everything we try and do, which is really pleasing.

“It’s been a breath of fresh air for me to come in and have the core of group here last season, along with the new signings, all gelling really well.

“I’m looking forward to seeing them all this season.”