Mark Cooper has swooped to complete his first signing as Barrow boss with exciting young striker Offrande Zanzala putting pen to paper on a deal with The Bluebirds.
The highly rated 24-year-old front man has agreed a two-year contract to move to The Progression Solicitors Stadium following a successful spell with Cumbrian rivals, Carlisle United.
Zanzala became a big favourite with Carlisle fans during his short stay at Brunton Park in the second half of 2020/21, where he scored five goals in 22 appearances and brought a hard-working and combative edge to their front line.
The Cumbrians offered fresh terms to the Congo-born forward at the end of last season, but he has now agreed to become the first new signing of the Cooper era at Barrow.
From the age of 12, Zanzala was nurtured in the Derby County Academy where he progressed through to their Under-21 side and also gained senior experience with loan spells at Stevenage, Chester and Accrington Stanley.
In 2018, Zanzala made his move to Accrington permanent and he went on to strike eight times at League One level during his second season at the club before making a switch to Crewe Alexandra.
Zanzala’s arrival marks a big breakthrough for new Bluebirds boss Mark Cooper who has been working hard behind the scenes to strengthen his squad ahead of the new League Two campaign.