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Championship Season Preview: Barrow Raiders

Back in June, Barrow had just £7.50 in the bank and towards the end of the season they travelled to away games with just 15 available players.

After being promoted in 2017, they started 2018 with games against London, Toronto and Leigh. They picked up 3 points after a draw with the Wolfpack and a win against Leigh.

Paul Crarey knows that his team can kick on in 2019 after recruiting very extremely well. They’ve signed the experienced Gareth Hock, and youngsters Jordan Walne from Salford.

Three Papua New Guinean internationals have arrived with Willie Minoga, Stargorth Amean and Wartovo Puara Jr signing on in the off-season.

Nathan Mossop and captain Martin Aspinwall are still at the club as they continue to lead the club from the front.

If Barrow can avoid injures they will definitely end off in a better position than they did last season. They could be a dark horse in 2019 with young half-backs Ryan Johnston and Jake Carter making their way into the squad

Their home form, which was crucial to their survival last season, will certainly be a major factor so they will hope that continues as they look to develop their game on the road.

Squad:

Theerapol Ritson, Stargorth Amean, Declan Hulme, Jake Spedding, Dean Cross, Jamie Dallimore, Lewis Charnock, Tom Walker, Nathan Mossop, Gareth Hock, Jono Smith, Jarrad Stack, Martin Aspinwall, Wartovo Puara Jr, Dan Toal, Glenn Riley, Ryan Duffy, Luke Cresswell, Danny Morrow, Bradd Crellin, Tom Loxam, Ryan Johnston, Shane Toal, Jake Carter, Jordan Walne, Willie Minoga, Brett Carter.

INS:

Stargroth Amean (PNG Hunters), Wartovo Puara Jr (PNG Hunters), Willie Minoga (PNG Hunters), Gareth Hock (Featherstone Rovers), Dean Cross (Rochdale Hornets).

OUTS:

Joe Bullock (Wigan Warriors), Dean Parata (Toulouse Olympique), Ryan Fieldhouse (Workington Town) , Andy Litherland (Workington Town).

PREDICTED LEAGUE FINISH – 11th

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