On-loan Barrow AFC defender Matt Platt believes there are plenty of positive influences to learn from as he tries to grow as a defender during his second spell at Holker Street.

Platt gained his first experience of first team football with the Bluebirds in 2017 and he has made a promising start to his current stint with them, impressing at centre-back in both the defeat against Hartlepool and the win at Aldershot.

The 21-year-old has been alongside the experienced Sam Hird in those two games, while he also has the influential Jason Taylor in front of him in midfield.

To add to that, the two senior members of AFC's coaching staff - manager Ian Evatt and his assistant Peter Atherton - both have knowledge on what it's like to face the best attackers in the country in the Premier League.

Platt said: "One of the things that really appealed about coming to Barrow was the gaffer being a centre-half and so was Pete, so that will only help me as a centre-half.

"I think in the two games I've been involved in we've dominated and I think the Hartlepool game was a bit of a freak in that we didn't quite take our chances.

"To a similar extent at Aldershot, at 2-0 we had a couple of chances to go and kill the game off and we then gave away a sloppy goal with a mistake, but with the run that we'd been on we just needed to get a win, no matter how we got it."