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Barrow capture Bradford's Sharry

Dave Bayliss
Bayliss is hopeful the side's new players will make an impact

Barrow have completed the signing of Bradford City midfielder Luke Sharry on a one-month loan deal.

The Bluebirds beat off several clubs to sign the 18-year-old who is highly-rated at Valley Parade.

"We know we need to make changes for this league and we will do that," joint-manager Dave Bayliss told BBC Radio Cumbria.

The Bluebirds will also release two players this week with another two placed on the transfer list.

They have already brought in winger Brendan McGill, striker Wayne Curtis and defender Marcus Holness this month.

Barrow have also allowed midfielder Luke Joyce to return to his parent club Carlisle United after his loan spell at Holker Street.

Joyce made seven appearances for the Bluebirds including last weekend's 2-1 FA Cup third round defeat at Middlesbrough.

I'm confident with the players we are getting in we know we won't be in the bottom four come the end of the season

Barrow joint-manager Dave Bayliss

"He wants to stay in the Football League which is fair enough," Bayliss said. "But he's one that we'll definitely have another look at in the next few weeks or at the end of the season.

"Luke loved his time here but we had to make a move very quickly as we needed an answer from the other midfielder's club."

Holness, 20, has joined on a one-month loan deal from League Two Rochdale after completing a permanent switch from Oldham Athletic in January 2008.

"He's a bit of an animal," Bayliss said. "He's very quick as well which gives us a bit more competition within the centre-halves.

"He's one we've watched a number of times and is different to what we've got at the moment."

Dublin-born McGill spent four years at Carlisle United before joining Gretna in the Scottish Premier League in 2006.

"He's at a good age and brings a little bit more experience which we haven't got a lot of in the squad."

Barrow have also extended goalkeeper Alan Martin's loan stay from Leeds until the end of the season while Barrow-born striker Wayne Curtis joined on a month's loan from Morecambe last week.

The signing of Sharry is likely to be the final piece of transfer activity of the January window.

Bayliss said: "I think that will be ample. We don't want to rip the team apart, we just want to make a few adjustments.

"We have to kick-on in the league now and stay away from the bottom four.


"I'm confident with the players we are getting in we know we won't be in the bottom four come the end of the season."

Bayliss will also inform which players are set to leave after training on Tuesday night.

"We were going to tell the players after the [Middlesbrough] game on Saturday but we felt it wasn't the right time.

"We threatened changes a few weeks back and I don't think people gave us credit that we would go through with it.

"But we've proved that we will drop people and make changes. The lads were superb on Saturday but one game doesn't make a season."

Bayliss has also indicated that the team could be set to change their formation in the coming weeks.

The Bluebirds lost right-back Mike Pearson to a double leg-break in the Middlesbrough defeat but Bayliss said a like-for-like replacement is not guaranteed.

"We were thinking about changing our shape any way," he said.

"Mike probably would have been playing in the middle of a back-three but I think the changes will be forced upon us now."

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see also
Barrow bring in Shrimps' Curtis
01 Jan 09 |  Barrow
York cool on Barrow Brodie link
19 Dec 08 |  Barrow
On-loan Joyce impresses Bayliss
04 Dec 08 |  Barrow

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