Fieldhouse extends Barrow Raiders stay for another year
PACY full-back Ryan Fieldhouse has signed for another year with Barrow Raiders – and has agreed to take a pay cut.
The former Dewsbury and Halifax player is one of a number of head coach Paul Crarey’s squad who have opted to take cuts allowing the club to strengthen for next season.
Fieldhouse joined Barrow last season and his strength at the back coupled with a poacher’s instinct near the try line have not gone unnoticed.
Barrow have recently swooped for quality players, St Helens half-back Lewis Charnock and Workington Town second rower Jarrad Stacks, and Crarey is delighted to have Fieldhouse on board for the 2017 campaign after watching his side just miss out on promotion to the Championship last season.
“He’s a great signing for the club, he does a lot of work that is unnoticed,” said Crarey.
“We had the second best defensive record in the comp last year and a lot of it is probably down to his talking.
“A lot of the kids love to play with him because he’s very vocal at the back. He pulls off some great tackles, his positional play is fantastic for us.
“He is a key part of what we are doing, he has set a lot of tries up for us as well.”
Crarey also applauded the way Fieldhouse has taken former Barrow Island amateur Luke Cresswell under his wing even though he is competing for his place.
He said: “Full-back is a massive role at this club, whoever comes in has got a very demanding role, you don’t stop from minute one to minute 80, and he plays it with a lot of confidence and he gives the lads a lot of confidence in front of him.”
Looking ahead to next season in League One which will see the introduction of Toronto Wolfpack, Crarey added: “We have reduced our spending a little bit this year and Ryan has actually taken a pay cut to stay with us.
“He’s agreed to that as have a few of the other players so that we can bring players in.
“We had a deal with Leigh, we got three players for a certain amount last year, that’s gone so that won’t happen.
“It has hindered us a little bit in terms of financial restraints for us.
“Quite a lot of the players have helped us out because they like the environment and Ryan is one of them. He’s a great kid, has a fantastic attitude and is really good to have around the place.”
Leigh-loan man Chris Hankinson and modern day hero Liam Harrison, whose testimonial takes place at Craven Park on Friday, October 21, are among the players to have departed Craven Park with Crarey adding: “We’ve lost a few but recent signings show that we are strengthening again, and have brought that little bit of experience in as well in certain areas – and there are some good names to be announced over the next few weeks.”
Crarey also said the club are looking at talented amateur trio, Tom Hopkins of Askam and Millom duo Ethan Kelly and Marcus O’Brien.
Raiders joint director of rugby Andy Gaffney said of the Fieldhouse deal: “It’s great that Ryan has committed to Barrow. He was a consistent performer both in defence and attack during last year’s successful season.”