New Raiders signings ready to show their worth against Barrow and District
RAIDERS fans will get a chance to have a first look at some of the club’s latest signings in the opening pre-season friendly against a Barrow and District Select at Craven Park this Sunday (kick-off 2pm).
The club have been active in the player market during the off-season, bringing in seven players – and they’re sure to add fierce competition for places.
Barrow have signed four from west Cumbrian rivals Workington – forwards Jarrad Stack and Tom Walker, quality back Brett Carter and strike centre Declan Hulme – plus St Helens ace halfback Lewis Charnock, who played Championship rugby with Bradford Bulls last season.
Another signing has been home-grown back Ryan Johnston, a former Dalton player who has been in shining form for college side Furness Raiders. He is set to play alongside another bright Furness Raiders prospect Jake Carter at some stage in the game.
Crarey is also keen to run the rule over former Royal Marine Tom Loxam, but fans may have to wait a little longer before they can watch the centre in action.
The Raiders head coach is looking forward to seeing his new-look squad in action as they prepare for the 2017 League One campaign and he said: “I think they come with a great pedigree.
“Jarrad Stack, he’s a monster of a back rower, fantastic under a high ball and has got a massive engine on him. He’s at the peak of his game, he has got five player of the years for Workington, so he’s an outstanding player.
“Lewis Charnock has played at the highest level, he’s down here. We’ve got him a job with Optic Fibres. He’s got an exceptional kicking game and that will give us another dimension to our game.
“Tom Walker is an outstanding prop who has got a massive future in the game, I believe. He is 21 and you play your best football when you are 24, 25 or 26 so we will watch that kid mature. He’s quick, can play and he’s a big kid. He is going to add more humph through the middle.”
He added: “We have brought people in for specific places, Declan Hulme is a direct replacement for Hank, who had to play pivot (last season), so we have got a natural centre who has played for Widnes and played in the Championship all last year. He’s quick and has got great feet.
“These players are coming in with a purpose and if anything we have added a little bit more steel to the side.
“Brett Carter is very unorthodox, hard to read for defences, very professional in his approach, a great athlete. He is happy at full-back or wing and could probably play centre.
“Tom is looking really well but we probably won’t playing him in the first game against the Barrow and District” said Crarey, looking to bring him in against Oldham which will be the start of a one-month loan on amateur forms.
Admission for the first Raiders run-out this Sunday is £10 adults, £7 concessions and £3 children.