Jason Taylor says new boss Mark Cooper is setting high standards every day as Barrow AFC count down to the new season.

There are just two days to go until the Cooper era starts in earnest with the Bluebirds’ League Two opener at Stevenage.

Hopes are high that Cooper and his new-look squad can lead AFC to success in 2021/22.

And player-coach Taylor says the new boss has set the bar high as he sets out his requirements for the campaign.

“The manager has come in and he demands standards high day in day out,” said the experienced Taylor.

“He’ll have targets for us that we want to achieve behind the scenes. We’ll go about our business quietly.

“He’s brought in new ways and introduced the philosophy of how he wants to play.

“It’s been good. It’s been interesting. I think he’s been brilliant for us at the minute. His training has been really good, and his coaching and how he wants us to play.

“He’s given us foundations to work from, little practices of how he wants us to play.

“But ultimately the manager’s a winner and he’ll take winning over playing good football. He’s giving us patterns to use, and it’s up to us to use them, but ultimately we’ll need points to get us in a good position in that table.”

Barrow start 9,055 miles of travelling in the new campaign with a trip to face Alex Revell’s Stevenage.

They are set to do so without new striker Offrande Zanzala as he recovers from injury, while Tom Beadling also set to miss the early weeks of the campaign with a knee problem, and James Jones also likely to miss out at the Lamex Stadium.

Boss Cooper is still keen to add another striker to his squad following the departure of Scott Quigley.

Taylor, meanwhile, remains an influential figure at Holker Street after his step into the coaching ranks this season.

While the 34-year-old is still in the mix to play, he said he is enjoying a new perspective.

“I’m finding it really interesting at the minute,” he said. “I’m involved more on a side of things I was never used to, behind the scenes, setting things up.

“I haven’t coached much yet, because the new management have been wanting to put their stamp on things. But it’s been really interesting and I’m learning every day.

“To be honest, I’ve been planning this for years with my coaching. I’ve been coaching privately for the last three or four years, and it was a really good opportunity that arose with the new manager coming in and it was too good to turn down.

“I’m still available to play, I train day in day out, I do everything that the lads do – it’s just down to the manager when he sees fit that he wants to play me or that I’m available every week.”