Darren Currie is hoping new signing Xander McBurnie can turn into “the next type of Jack Taylor” after the midfielder signed for Barnet.

The 22-year-old came through the ranks at Bradford City, but moves to the Hive on a permanent basis after spending three years abroad, most recently with Swedish outfit Ytterhogdals IK.

The Bees boss told the club website: "There's a real hunger about him, I like the way he speaks, I like the confidence that he brings. He's certainly shown huge potential in training so we're really excited to get him on board.

"We had some footage of him sent through, we had a look at him and he was prepared to back himself and train with us for a couple of weeks. He's really impressed in the training."

Following Taylor’s departure to Peterborough United, Currie believes the new acquisition can bring a new scoring threat from midfield.

He said: "There's potential in there and as much I think he can add to us in the near future as well, this is something that we can develop and turn him into the next type of Jack Taylor where can have an impact on the squad going forward.

"He's the type of signing that going forward for me will hopefully bring not only something to us immediately but over a longer period of time as well. We think that we can turn him into a really good player."

Meanwhile, the Bees will offer Farsley Celtic fans free admission after a new date was confirmed for the FA Trophy second round replay.

The tie had been due to be played last night, but was postponed at the last moment due to a frozen pitch.

Confirming the tie will now be played on Tuesday, January 28, the Bees said on their website: “The club would like to once again apologise for the disappointment caused by the late postponement of last night's fixture and the inconvenience it has caused our supporters and those who travelled down from Farsley Celtic.

“As a gesture of goodwill to our visitors, we will be offering all Farsley Celtic supporters free entry to the rearranged tie.”

This rearrangement means a new date will have to be found for the National League fixture against Boreham Wood, which was scheduled to be played on Tuesday.