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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Barrow Raiders boss Darren Holt has cancer

BARROW Raiders coach Darren Holt is undergoing treatment for cancer.

Darren Holt
CANCER BATTLE Darren Holt

The Craven Park boss, 36, underwent surgery at Furness General Hospital on Monday, having been diagnosed with the disease two months ago.

He has temporarily handed over the reins at the club to assistants Phil Atkinson and Dean Marwood, as he recovers from an operation to remove a tumour.

He was released on Tuesday, but has not been able to carry out his regular duties at the club this week and will remain at home recovering from the operation.

“A few months ago, I was preliminarily diagnosed with cancer,” Mr Holt said. “It’s been confirmed and I’ve been into the hospital on Monday to have the tumour removed.

“Everything has gone all right and we will just follow it through now and they will do what they do. I don’t know how serious it is. I knew very little about it, it is all new to me.

“I’ve had an operation and the operation has gone well. I’m obviously in a bit of pain now and I just have to go to the follow-up to find out if the cancer has spread and what stage it is at.”

He added: “I’m quite pragmatic about these things. The doctors and the statistics seem quite good on it – if they’ve gone in and the operation has gone well, then depending on any spread, things should be OK.

“I think there will be radiotherapy or chemotherapy, but again it depends on the test results and whether it has spread as to what that treatment will be.”

Mr Holt has continued to operate as head coach at Raiders since his diagnosis.

He told Mr Atkinson and Mr Marwood of his condition several weeks ago, as well as handful of players.

Many of the squad were told only that he would be away from training this week to deal with some personal affairs.

The father-of-three – Barrow’s club record points scorer during his playing career, with 2,403 in 305 appearances before his retirement last season – hopes to be back in charge of affairs next week.

Though further treatment for the cancer may be needed, he does not envisage that being an issue for the remainder of the campaign, with Barrow battling against relegation from the Championship. “I’ll only be away from the rugby until I can recover from the operation,” said Mr Holt.

“I’m not going to be there this week, but I’m hoping to be back next week.

“It’s not anything else, it’s just the operation that I’m hoping to get over. I’m immobilised at the minute and I need to take it easy.

“I have known for a while and I haven’t said anything, because we have been in an important part of the season and I just wanted to get on with things and crack on.

“Obviously it has got to the stage where I have gone in for an operation and you can’t hide it, because I’m not down at the ground.

“I’ve not even told some of the players – I’ve just said I’ve got to go away and sort something. I’d rather not say what kind of cancer it is – cancer is cancer.

“It was going to come out sooner or later and I would rather it came out here, rather than people having to hear Chinese whispers and asking my family, or things like that.

He added: “I’ll try not to go down to the game on Sunday, but I will probably end up walking down and going in.

“I’ve got to take it easy. I’ve got my instructions and then once I get my recovery and the stitches and everything sorted, then I can get back down into it.”

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It's been a long time buddy dig deep be strong and fight through old pal just like the good old days

Posted by Lee Manson on 21 November 2013 at 23:18

What a fantastic attitude. .PMA. Best wishes x

Posted by sue on 6 August 2013 at 22:11

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