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Wakefield Trinity star joins Championship side despite Super League offers

Barrow Raiders are delighted to announce the signing of Josh Wood for the 2022 Betfred Championship season.

Wood, 25, made his Super League debut in 2015 for Salford Red Devils before joining Wakefield Trinity in 2020.

The signing of the exciting hooker has been made possible thanks to the 1875 Club, and the club wouldn’t be in the market for players of Wood and Carl Forster’s quality without the contributions of those members.

“It’s a complete different change for me going part time but it’s something I feel is needed after a big injury last year and I’m excited for it,” said Wood. 

“My partner and I are having our first child in December as well, so being able to spend more time with them both will be great.

“Me and my agent spoke to a few big Championship clubs, but when I spoke to Andy we got on really well and his ambitions for the club next year are something that excited me.

“I’ve also spoken to a few of the lads that are there and they have nothing but good things to say about the club so I feel it’s a good move for me.

“I’m looking forward to putting last year behind me and getting ripped into 2022 with the lads.”

On the signing, head coach Paul Crarey said: “Josh is an all-action nine with Super League experience. 

“He is a fearless defender and distributor and can also play in the halves.

“Josh comes with big wraps from former teammates and coaches regarding attitude and application and we are delighted to have secured his signature.”

The news follows the confirmation that Carl Forster will remain at Barrow Raiders for the 2022 campaign, and will join the club’s coaching staff as Assistant Coach.

Players director Andy Gaffney added: “To bring a Super League player of Josh’s quality is a statement of where the club wants to be. 

“He had options from other clubs, and after speaking to his agent and Josh himself, we got on really well and wants to be part of the ambitions of the club and where they want to be. 

“He is a very tough player and I’m sure he will be a fans’ favourite. He can play hooker or half-back and will be a massive boost pushing forward next season.”

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