Fleetwood Town have added to their options up front with the arrivals of Ched Evans and Chris Long.
Evans has joined on a season-long loan from Sheffield United, while former Town loanee Long returns after agreeing a two-year contract.
Evans (29) became Barton’s eighth summer signing and the head coach said: “When the opportunity came to get Ched on loan – a goalscorer who is proven at League One and the Championship – we knew we had to take it.
“He is a player with great calibre and adds to our already strong attacking line-up of Paddy Madden, Ash Hunter, Conor McAleny, Bobby Grant, Wes Burns and Ashley Nadesan. We have some really good options in that department of the pitch.”
Evans’ signing came shortly after Long’s return to Highbury was revealed.
The 23-year-old was at Town in 2016, having joined on loan from Burnley, and scored four times in 18 appearances.
A former Everton youngster, he represented England at every level from U16 to U20 but was released by Burnley at the end of last season.
Barton said: “By bringing Longy in, it gives us variety in the front line - he brings pace and the ability to play in any of the three positions at the top of the pitch.
“We feel that if you’re going to have a healthy season, you need healthy competition and we feel we’ve got that now. It’s exciting times ahead.”