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Barrow Raiders sign second Super League forward in two days

Barrow Raiders have made another splash signing as they’ve added Salford Red Devils’ James Greenwood to their pack for the 2024 season, the veteran agreeing to a one-year deal.

It marks the second Super League signing in two days for Barrow who picked up former Wigan Warriors man Ramon Silva yesterday, the Cumbrian outfit seemingly building a dominant pack for the upcoming campaign.

The signings also combine a blend of youth and experience with 22-year-old Silva now being joined by the 32-year-old Greenwood, both men putting pen to paper on a one-year deal.

Greenwood had left Salford at the end of the 2023 campaign, just as Silva had with Wigan, proving that Barrow are being very economical in the market with the recruitment of released Super League men.

The club announced the signing of Greenwood via their club website, the forward having spent four years with the Red Devils in which he had a loan stint with Barrow.

He had also previously played for Hull Kingston Rovers as well as a two year period with Wigan Warriors, during which he was mostly sent out on loan.

Barrow confirmed his signing, stating: “Barrow Raiders have landed former Salford Red Devils forward James Greenwood on a 12-month deal ahead of the 2024 Betfred Championship season.

“Greenwood’s four-season stint with the Red Devils came to an end following the conclusion of the 2023 season. In total, he scored six tries in 25 appearances.

“During that time, the 32-year-old helped the club reach the Betfred Challenge Cup final in 2020, scoring a try in their 17-16 defeat to Leeds Rhinos at Wembley.

“He has featured once before for the Raiders, starting against York RLFC Knights back in February after joining on a short-term loan deal.

“Before his time at Salford, Greenwood played for Hull KR and made a total of 93 appearances for the Robins over five seasons.”

Barrow Raiders head coach Paul Crarey said: “After lots of hard work behind the scenes to ensure we get the right fit for the club when signing players, we are pleased to announce that James Greenwood has agreed to join us for the coming season.

“James is comfortable as a second-rower or middle. After speaking with him, he feels he could still be playing at Super League level.

“He is looking forward to proving this playing for Barrow, and we look forward to seeing him in Raiders colours.”

Director of rugby Andy Gaffney said: “James is a proven competitor at Super League level and will add a new dimension to our forward pack ahead of next season.

“From the conversations held between James and the club, it’s clear to see the hunger he has for the game.

“We hope to see James find his best form at the Raiders and help us enjoy a successful season in 2024.”

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