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Pearson promised Bluebirds future

Mike Pearson
Pearson suffered breaks to the tibula and fibula

Barrow joint-boss Dave Bayliss has confirmed that defender Mike Pearson will still be at the club next season.

Pearson, who is on non-contract terms, is ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a double leg-break in the 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Middlesbrough.

"The club have assured us that they will look after Mike," Bayliss told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"We will do everything we can to help him and he will be a part of our squad next season."

Pearson, 20, suffered the break after a second-half challenge by Middlesbrough's Marvin Emnes.

He was also due to start a new job but that is not going to happen for him now so I really feel for the lad

Barrow joint-boss Dave Bayliss

"He spent Saturday night in hospital and will undergo surgery on Sunday," Bayliss said. "He will have pins inserted into his leg so he is set to stay in hospital for a few more days.

"We're gutted for him. You couldn't meet a nicer lad and it really put a dent in the day for us.

"He was also due to start a new job but that is not going to happen for him now so I really feel for the lad."

Pearson is a graduate of Oldham's youth set-up but only made one first-team appearance for the Boundary Park club, as substitute against Millwall in February 2007.

The Welshman, who has represented his country at Under-15 and Under-16 level, joined Farsley Celtic on loan in October 2007, making seven starts for the Villagers.

He joined Barrow during the summer following a successful trial period.

Barrow have completed the signing of Rochdale defender Marcus Holness on a one-month loan deal.

The 20-year-old central defender began his career with Oldham Athletic where he captained the club's youth side.

He spent spells on loan at Ossett Town and Rochdale before making a permanent switch to Spotland in January 2008.

The Bluebirds are also set to complete the signing of former Carlisle United and Gretna winger Brendan McGill.

Dublin-born McGill, 28, started his career with Sunderland before a four-year spell at Brunton Park where he made 132 appearances, scoring 17 times.

He moved to Gretna in 2006 and made several appearances in their ill-fated SPL season.

Fellow joint-boss Darren Sheridan told BBC Radio Cumbria: "I think we're going to get something sorted out with Brendan. He'll be another good addition to the squad."

McGill has recently been playing for Bohemians in Ireland after turning down the chance to join Blue Square Premier side York City during the summer.

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