THE Bluebirds Trust 'understands' Barrow AFC’s decision to furlough a number of out-of-favour players.

They had sent their concerns to the Barrow hierarchy through their board representative, with the club explaining why they had taken the measure to use the government’s Job Retention Scheme.

A statement said: “The Bluebirds Trust was recently made aware of the possibility of utilising the furlough scheme.

“We fed back our concerns through our Board Representative over the use of the scheme, however we understand the business reasons behind the Club’s decision.

“From the club’s perspective, this situation amounts to restraint on the Club’s ability to trade.

“The offers were made to the individuals affected voluntarily as part of a range of options, with no financial disadvantages resulting from it.

“We understand the differing opinions on this matter from the fanbase and reflected them.

“We accept that the decision taken reflects on us as part owners and custodians of Barrow AFC to ensure the stable longevity of the club for our community.

“We greatly appreciate and value the support and feedback we receive from the membership and wider fanbase. And so does Paul and everybody else connected to Barrow AFC.”

One Bluebirds supporter added: “I think the club is being ran well. [There have been] some tough, but sensible decisions in a world pandemic.

“We need to rally round the club, some players not involved with the squad may not want to travel to train every day, their families or themselves may be concerned about travel during this time. This offer may help some and I like that the club are open to help any players move out on loan should that market change as restrictions hopefully ease.”

The club told The Bluebirds Trust that it has been affected during the Covid-19 pandemic, with the crisis significantly reducing their income.

They say in normal circumstances that players will have been loaned out to National League, National League North and National League South clubs, but have been hindered with their seasons being disrupted.

It is understood that Connor Brown and Sam Hird were among the six players to have been offered furlough, with unnamed players accepting the deal, which will see the government pay 80% of their wage.

The two have been considered fringe players by the club, as manager Jolley brought in nine additions during the January transfer window.

This current scheme is also being used by National League side Chesterfield, who announced they had furloughed certain players last month.

Barrow are currently 22nd in League Two and will be desperate to stay in the Football League following a challenging return to league football.

Their games is against Richie Wellens’ Salford City at the Peninsula Stadium on Tuesday evening.