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West Brom’s Cheltenham-born forward Jamie Soule makes loan move to Barrow AFC

Barrow AFC have bolstered their squad by adding highly-rated youngster Jamie Soule to their ranks as they look to become champions of the National League.

The 19-year-old, born in Cheltenham, has moved from West Brom on loan after previously being linked with German giants Borussia Dortmund.

Soule also recently signed a new three-year deal with the Championship club and was involved on the bench in their FA Cup Third Round tie against Charlton.

Barrow manager Ian Evatt told the Mail:  “He’s a young player a goalscorer whose very quick and sharp and makes very good movements around the box.”

The young forward will be hoping to emulate the successful loan spell of Cheltenham Town’s George Lloyd.

Lloyd made 19 appearances, scoring three times during two spells last season at Hereford and is now regularly part of the first team squad at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Soule could also be searching for a pathway similar to that of Robins youth academy player Luke Thomas.

After joining Gloucester City on loan in January 2017, Thomas caught the eye of many teams, especially Barnsley, where he is now a regular starter having played 22 times so far in the Championship.

It has been rumoured that Cheltenham Town may seek to get Soule onto their books in the near future, but suggestions that the club made an attempt to sign the forward in January are false, according to Gloucestershire Live.

For now, Barrow boss Evans has high hopes for the youngster and has spoke of how the player has impressed in training already.

The manager said: “It’s good that we’ve brought competition in to push all the strikers to improve and get better, and Jamie is going to come in an do that – he’s looked very sharp in training already.”

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The loan spell could give Soule his first taste of silverware as Barrow are on the brink of becoming champions.

Having a four-point lead ahead of Harrogate Town, the club will be hoping Soule can continue his impressive form from when he was at West-Brom U23’s.

This season he has scored seven times and recorded six assists in 13 appearances in the Premier League 2, where in December, he was also nominated for the player of the month award.

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