Bobby Burns is hoping to belatedly kick-start his season after joining Glentoran on loan.

The Barrow AFC summer signing has linked up with the Northern Irish outfit until January.

It gives the 20-year-old the opportunity of first-team football after an injury-hit start to life with the Bluebirds.

The left-sided player said on goqradio: “I had an ankle injury about eight weeks ago so I’ve been injured for five or six weeks.

“I’m looking forward to getting some much-needed match fitness.

“I missed the entire pre-season so I haven’t played much since March.

“I also had some off-field difficulties; I’ve been living in a hotel for about 10 weeks and different off-field problems, along with the injury, means it felt good to go on loan for a couple of weeks.

“When I go back hopefully things are better in place for me to go and settle.”

Barrow boss David Dunn, meanwhile, is glad to have left-sided defender Patrick Brough back from injury.

The Cumbrian made his first appearance of the campaign in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at his former club Carlisle United.

His return was offset by a new injury blow for AFC after James Jones was stretchered off.

Dunn said: “It’s good to have Broughy back and in the team and hopefully in the next couple of days we should have a few more back. There’s a lot to work on this week and we will go again.”