Parata to make Barrow Raiders debut
DEAN Parata gets his first taste of rugby league British style when Barrow Raiders come up against Oldham Roughyeds at the JF Hornby Stadium this Sunday (2pm).
The hooker or half-back will have to adapt to conditions after playing on hard tracks Down Under, but is keen to slot into the action.
Coach Paul Crarey has no hesitation in including the Aussie, an Italian international, for Barrow’s second pre-season friendly.
Parata hasn’t had much time to adjust to living in a different climate, but Crarey has high hopes for the player, who signed a one-year deal with the club.
The 26-year-old’s last club was Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles, Sydney, a feeder team to NRL club Manly, before agreeing on his move to Barrow.
Sydney-born Parata, who has also played for West Highs and Parramatta Eels feeder team Wentworthville Magpies, is looking forward to making his Barrow debut and said: “I think I am running out this weekend and getting a feel of it all.
“I think it is a bit different here to Australia where it is very fast and very hot. Here I think it is very physical and cold so it will be a little bit different but we will have to see this weekend when we get out there.”
Parata, who can also play at loose forward, has been training hard with his new team-mates and is getting used to Barrow style of play, and said: “I’m still learning play, but that should come quite quickly.”
After being recommended to Barrow by his manager he has followed the club’s fortunes, saying: “For me is was an opportunity and being able to play in the Championship which is a competition that is getting stronger and stronger every year.
“Barrow have recently been promoted, it is a club on the up and I decided to come over here and chance my arm. I knew about Barrow previously from following the Championship and what not in Australia.”
Crarey is looking forward to watching Parata – who will also be the club commercial manager – play but warned: “You have got to give these fellows time. Coming from Australia, they are used to playing on a dry track and we are expecting him to be a world beater straight away.
“But the ground is so heavy, it is unbelievable, and there is no traction for dummy half runners, so we have got to do it tough early on in the season and use our forwards.
“When the grounds firm up that’s when Dean will come into his own, along with Alec (Susino) and Joe Bullock and people like that.”
Forward Ryan Duffy will also make his long awaited start after missing out last season following surgery on an AC joint injury, but there are doubts over Andy Litherlannd and Dan Toal, who are both suffering from flu.
Captain Martin Aspinwall, along with Furness Raiders winger and Walney Central player Adam Ford, could also feature.