Parkinson Signs For Barrow AFC
Barrow AFC have announced the signing of the excitable winger Dan Parkinson following his release from Morecambe FC, the 20 year old has put pen to paper on a one year deal meaning he will be a part of the Barrow squad pushing for the playoffs in the hope of gaining back their Skrill Premier ranking.
Parkinson’s addition means that Dave Bayliss has a plethora on wide options available with the likes of Greg Mills, Shelton Payne and Alex Meechan all available for the bluebirds, this means that Dan Parkinson won’t be allowed to rest on his laurels as there will be tough competition for places for which Bayliss would have only dreamed for last season looking at the performances of players such as Danny L Rowe; but with no one in the wings challenging him, he walked into the first team every week to the dismay of the Holker Street faithful.
Dan Parkinson maybe young but has got experience of playing in the conference north with Colwyn Bay where he enjoyed a loan spell while still under contract at his parent club Morecambe; where he soon became frustrated at the lack of opportunities as he only mustered up 10 substitution appearances, and speaking about his release Parkinson had the following to say;
“I hope it was a blessing in disguise in some ways, because I want to prove myself.”
This is the kind of attitude Bayliss would have hoped for last season during the bluebirds relegation battle, but many of the players had no fight or passion in them and just gave up with no thought to the club or its fans. The manager had previously said that the players have stabbed him in the back and they weren’t going to be offered contracts for the following season; and he wants to sign players who will give him 100% even if they aren’t technically the best.
Dave Bayliss has had a tough time in recruiting a squad of worthy players after the clubs relegation from the Blue Square Premier (Skrill Premier) as all of the previous regime have departed only a few leaving with Bayliss’s blessing, he stated a couple of players were offered the chance of gracing the Holker Street hallowed turf again but they sadly declined and wanted to play their football elsewhere. It was well known that the young midfielder James Owen previously at Chester was the one player Bayliss desperately wanted to sign but unfortunately James wasn’t as enthusiastic at the prospect of playing Hednesford Town so soon after playing against the likes of Luton, Macclesfield and Wrexham.
Barrow have now turned their attention to former Barrow favourite Robin Hulbert and Bayliss hopes to get him signed up as the clubs captain as soon as possible, Hulbert is known by all as a real character and it is hoped that he can pull together the dressing room and create a unity which was in place when the club last gained promotion in 2008.