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Barrow Raiders re-sign hooker Mossop

MERCURIAL hooker Nathan Mossop is back at Barrow Raiders.

Nathan Mossop
Hooker Nathan Mossop, who has re-signed for Barrow Raiders

The 24-year-old Millomite has signed a new one-year deal at Craven Park after spending a season with Championship One rivals South Wales Scorpions.

Mossop was a regular in the Barrow Championship sides of 2010 and 2011 and sees his return as a chance to test himself in that competition once more in a Barrow side he is confident will be competitive.

“There were a few things that made my mind up,” said the former Millom amateur.

“There are things with my job – I have started personal training now at DW in Barrow – there is the prospect of playing at a higher level in the Championship and trying to develop myself as a player again.

“I enjoyed myself in South Wales. It was a great year for me, maybe not so much on the field, but it was a great bunch of lads down there and they have plenty of commitment and effort.

“It was just a case of me wanting to better myself, play at a higher level and test myself.

“I’m not one for saying we are going to win the league and be up there, but I would like to think we are going to be competitive for sure.

“I think we are more than capable of being competitive and, again, it is just about trying to be consistent.

“I know they did really well this year, but everyone at the club has to try and raise their game next year.

“It’s going to be more difficult next year, but I am sure we will be more than capable of trying to compete with those top sides.”

Mossop started his professional career with Barrow in February 2009, signing on from hometown amateurs Millom and making his debut less than a week later against Keighley Cougars in the Northern Rail Cup.

He was second in the pecking order behind first Andy Ellis and then Andrew Henderson, before the latter left the club in acrimonious circumstances midway through the 2010 campaign.

That handed Mossop the chance to show what he was made of and he became a regular for the entire 2011 Championship season before following coach Dave Clark to South Wales last winter. The structure of the squad is hugely different from when he left less than 12 months ago, after a season in which Barrow were relegated by the RFL over a series of financial misconduct charges.

The atmosphere around the side under new boss Darren Holt has improved greatly and Mossop feels the mainly local side have improved dramatically in a short time. He added: “The team is a lot different to the one I left. You only have to look at what Barrow achieved last year to see that they have come on leaps and bounds.

“I think they over-achieved maybe. I know people expected them to do well, but with the team of a lot of local lads, they really seemed to gel together.

“I know a lot of the guys who were there and there are guys who have returned to the club this year who I have played reserves with a few years ago. Even when we played reserves, we had a good camaraderie between us all and that can only be a good thing for the club.

“If lads can gel together and want to play for each other, then you are going to get better results on and off the field.

“When we played them at South Wales, they were one of the best teams we played and it was just a shame that they didn’t win the Grand Final – I think it was there for them.

“I think they had a great year and I’m looking forward to starting, fighting for my place and seeing how it goes.”

Raiders director of rugby Andy Gaffney said: “Nathan has now moved back to South Cumbria after spending a season at South Wales and I am delighted he has agreed to become part of the Barrow squad for 2013.

“Nathan has experience at Championship level and will give us strength in depth in the hooker position.”

Have your say

Hated these lot on emmerdale close kicking balls in my garden all the time lol

Posted by Alan sports on 17 October 2012 at 17:47

Swifty was always last picked... Come on the raiders. Pedz is best hooker down club..

Posted by Millom Lad on 17 October 2012 at 12:22

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