Barrow Raiders sign a second Aussie
BARROW Raiders have been delivered an early Christmas box of tricks the contents of which are sure to set next season alight.
Latest capture, and another Italian international, Dean Parata became the fourth new player to join Paul Crarey talented squad after agreeing a 12-month deal.
Versatile Parata jetted in with his wife from Australia for a brief stay at the weekend before heading over to Europe for Christmas. He has an impressive playing CV, and his pace and awareness are sure to make him quickly warm to the Barrow supporters.
Crarey was alerted to his availabililty from contacts in Australia and when the opportunity arose to bring him to England the Raiders coach jumped at the chance.
Now he cannot wait to unleash the 26-year-old, who earned his international laurels in 2013, upon rival teams.
“He is a high quality player and is capable of playing high end Championship,” enthused Crarey, who during the off-season has brought in fellow Aussie and Italian international Alec Susino, Glenn Riley from Whitehaven, and ex-Rochdale all-rounder Jono Smith.
“He has been in a good environment at Wests Tigers and also came through the Paramata youth ranks. He has played in the New South Wales cup competition, the same as Alec Susino.
“He’s very fit, very quick, he is comfortable at half back or nine. He can defend. He is a good ,high quality signing.”
Crarey believes because of his ability to adapt to key positions his role could become invaluable during Barrow’s Championship campaign which kicks off on February 4 at London Broncos.
Barrow lost hooker Karl Ashall for a huge chunk of last season after breaking an arm near the start of their campaign, and Crarey knows his side cannot afford to be in a similar situation next season.
The inclusion of Parata will also add competition at nine and in the half backs, especially following the departure of Dan Abram to Whitehaven.
Crarey added: “With going into the Championship we wanted quality players. It isn’t possible to run with two halves all year or two nines at that level, we are going to pick up injuries, so we wanted somebody of high quality to come in who can play a number of positions, so can the rest of the boys we have brought in.
“We made an inquiry about him and acted on that, he agreed to come over which is great news for us.
“He is very quick so he will be good when the grounds firm up and he’s a smart kid when you talk to him, and he is here to play rugby.”
Parata, who becomes the club’s commercial manager, still had time before his journey to Europe, to undergo a rigorous session in the club’s gym and then tackling the Roanhead sand dunes.
“On Saturday morning he phoned me to open the gym for him at quarter to eight and did an hour of weights and conditioning before he even went to the dunes,” said Crarey.
“Both him and Alec are in great condition, the hills with no problem at all, they just flew up them.”
He added: “I would like to thank the Ambrose Hotel who put him and his wife up at the weekend.”
Picture Caption – “New Barrow Raiders signing Dean Parata, centre, with director or rugby Dave Robinson, left, and chairman David Sharpe.”