King's Lynn Town defender can see similarities between dressing rooms at The Walks and The Shay as Linnets continue promotion push from National League North
Ross Barrows says he sees plenty of similarities between King’s Lynn Town and the FC Halifax side that won promotion from the National League North three seasons ago.
Barrows, who has committed his long-term future to the club by signing a contract extension until the summer of 2022, was part of The Shaymen squad to make the step up to the National League in 2016/17.
It’s a path that the table-topping Linnets would dearly love to follow, and whilst they remain a long way off at this stage, the defender feels there is a canny resemblance between his time at The MBI Shay Stadium and The Walks.
Barrows said: “The dressing room at Lynn reminds me of the one at FC Halifax when they won the league through the play-offs.
“It was exactly the same as it is here. The mentality and bond between the group of players is exactly the same and I learnt a lot from that experience.
“Everyone cares and works hard for each other. There’s something special between the group.”
The Linnets host Kidderminster Harriers tomorrow and the unassuming Barrows, who has excelled in a makeshift centre-half role for the majority of the season, insists he is loving every minute of his time at
“I’m absolutely over the moon to sign a contract extension,” he said.
“When I signed last summer it took a little while to sort out, but I’m enjoying my football more than ever.
“Ian (Culverhouse) gets the best out of me as a player. The way he wants to play is the way I was brought up as an Academy player.
“He gives you that freedom to go and express yourself on the pitch and I’m playing with a great set of lads.
“There are so many leaders in that dressing room and the experienced players are helping me improve too.”
The versatile defender believes another clean sheet at home to Harriers tomorrow will pave the way towards another big three points.
Lynn have kept seven shut-outs in their last eight league games and Barrows admitted: “The clean sheet run we’ve been on lately has been really spectacular.
“We’re working really hard and we’ve got that focus back as a defence.”
Barrows, who started his career as a youngster at Scunthorpe United before being release at the age of 15, has received valuable support from his family since his arrival at The Walks just under a year ago.
“My mum and dad have been very supportive and if it wasn’t for them I
wouldn’t be where I was now.
“They are enjoying being on this journey with me while both Chris Priestly and Oliver Bradbury, from 780 coaching, have also been brilliant with their support and allowing me time off from work.”
And while he is still a young man himself, the Sheffield-based coach enjoys nothing more than helping youngsters develop themselves as he looks to complete a unique promotion double this season.
The 22-year-old is manager of Thorncliffe Yellows under-15s on a Sunday and, like Lynn, they are pushing hard to win the title of their respective league.
“I love improving players,” he said. It’s something I have a real passion for and I find it very rewarding.”
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