Barrow midfielder Robin Hulbert keen on competition

Robin Hulbert
Hulbert played just 20 games last season due to a groin injury

Barrow midfielder Robin Hulbert says he would welcome the return of Andy Ferrell and Paul Smith to Holker Street for next season.

Ferrell, on loan from Gateshead, and short-term addition Smithexternal-link were key players in Hulbert's absence through injury last season.

Barrow joint managers Dave Bayliss and Darren Sheridan are keen to add the duo to their squad for 2011/12.

"It would be good to get them on board," Hulbert told BBC Radio Cumbria.

He added: "The more better players we get the better we'll do as a club. There's more competition, and I like competition at the football club."

Smith remains a free agent after his deal at Barrow ended in May, while Ferrell was released by Gateshead at the end of last seasonexternal-link.

Along with any potential new signings, Barrow already have Richie Baker, James Owen and joint-boss Darren Sheridan available for midfield duties.

"James is a different player to Paul Smith, Richie is different as well and they all add something different to the mix,"

"Obviously there is Sheridan as well, so I'm going back with the attitude that they've got to keep me out of the team."

The 31-year-old has agreed a new one-year deal for 2011-12, having made 57 league appearances in two seasons.

Prior to his switch to South Lakeland, the Plymouth-born schemer played for seven clubs including Swindon, Port Vale and Darlington.