David Dunn believes Barrow AFC’s aspiring players can learn a huge amount from experienced new boy Chris Taylor.

The Bluebirds boss says midfielder Taylor is the perfect example on how to sustain a long career in a tough game.

The former Oldham and Blackburn player signed a short-term deal at the Progression Solicitors Stadium this week.

Taylor, 33, was straight into the action against Leeds Under-21s in the EFL Trophy and is now eyeing a league debut against Leyton Orient on Saturday.

Dunn believes his players should look up to the well-travelled midfield man – as well as Barrow’s other experienced heads.

The AFC boss said: “He’s been training for a week with us and I know Tayls from when I played at Blackburn.

“So I know what he brings – really good energy and I thought he was excellent against Leeds.

“He got a little bit tired towards the last five-10 minutes, which is understandable and expected.

“But he’s a welcome addition to the squad, that’s for sure.

“I thought Jason Taylor did ever so well too, and we said at half-time…you’ve got Josh Lillis, hundreds of games, Sam Hird hundreds of games, Jason Taylor, Chris Taylor...it’s hard to get a career, and the lads need to look at that, because it’s not just going to be given to them.

“Let’s be honest, you had a group of Leeds players out there that looked hungry young footballers. Their ambition is to play in Leeds’ first team.

“If they don’t they filter through and they’re gonna be the ones that try to take [our players’] jobs.

“Our lads have to realise that. It’s hard to play hundreds of league games. Sometimes they need to be told that because it’s bloody difficult to play that many games.”

Taylor was the second new arrival in the space of four days after the signing of defender Yoan Zouma, who will also be pushing for a place in the league XI to face Orient.

Dunn believes his latest addition will bring an assured quality to his side and help them sharpen up in the attacking third.

He gave Taylor the full 90 minutes against Mark Jackson’s bright young Leeds side and added: “You can see his [Taylor’s] energy. He broke play up, and the majority of the time Chris makes the right decisions when going forward.

“At times, going back to the Carlisle game, I thought watching the game back we weren’t very good but we worked the ball really well at times into the last third.

“Too many times, though, we made the wrong decision. Hopefully we can get better at that.”