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Teenage central defender Bobby Thomas has today joined League Two Barrow on loan for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.

Thomas has progressed really well in the last two years since stepping into the under-23s, so much so that he has been part of the first team squad in recent months and made a debut in the League Cup tie at Millwall earlier in the season.

With manager Sean Dyche keen to get him some first team football, he’s used his connection with Michael Jolley, our former under-23 coach, who recently became the Barrow manager, to secure this move.

Jolley, who also has former Burnley under-23 central defender Scott Wilson at the club, said: “We’re very fortunate to have been able to secure him until the end of the season because a lot of clubs have been after him.

“He’s very highly thought of at Burnley, so we’re just really delighted that he’s chosen to come and play his football at Barrow during his first senior loan and we’re really looking forward to working with him.

“It has probably helped that I had three years at Burnley so I know Bobby and all the staff so would like to thank everyone there for their help in getting the deal done, I am sure he will do well for us.”

Jolley added: “They have a good track record with centre backs at Burnley. You think of people like Tom Anderson, Jimmy Dunne and even lads in the first team now like James Tarkowski and Ben Mee who have been very consistent and, of course, they sold Michael Keane on for money.

“They have clearly done very well with centre backs over the years and Bobby is the latest in a long line so hopefully he can help us.”

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