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Barrow Raiders sign young star from St Helens: full story

BARROW Raiders have snatched a potential Super League star of the future from under the noses of St Helens.

Danny Jones
New Barrow Raiders signing Danny Jones

Teenage second-row forward Danny Jones has become Darren Holt’s latest recruit Park after choosing Craven Park over Langtree Park.

The 19-year-old has been part of the Saints set-up for more than five years, playing in their Academy teams in recent seasons, and the Super League side had wanted to retain his services.

But Barrow boss Holt has persuaded the youngster to take a chance with Raiders in the Championship next season.

“From what I have seen of him and from the people I have spoken to, he’s quality,” said Holt, who has now recruited 19 players for the 2013 campaign.

“He was very unlucky, up to the point where St Helens actually wanted to keep him.

“There is an exodus of all these young lads now, but he wasn’t one of them and they actually wanted to keep him.

“They saw a future for Danny, he had impressed them, but I ended up having a chat with him, explaining the plans for next year, what things are like at the club, how it’s run.

“We had to play a waiting game with Danny, he had a big decision to make and, thankfully, he has decided to come up to us for next year, which I see as a very, very good signing.

“From what I have seen of him, he’s a very, very talented player, a good trainer and hopefully he comes up here and he enjoys it.

“I think the pull to him was the regular rugby, rather than being at under-20s, being at open-age.

“That’s how these lads are going to develop going forward.”

Jones is the third youngster Holt has brought in to Barrow for next season.

Winger Adam Clay and prop Brad Brennan – who spent the latter half of this year on dual-registration with Raiders – have also signed one-year deals.

All will be keen to impress and gain a chance to play first-team Super League rugby in the future, and Holt is hopeful that will drive them on to put in good performances for Barrow.

“Everybody uses playing at this level as they see fit,” he said. “I don’t care, it’s what’s good for the club. If they have their own personal aspirations to play at the top level, that can only be a good thing.

“Hopefully that is the attitude Danny brings with him and we will get the best out of him next year.

“Who’s to say he won’t end up staying up here for longer than just next year if he performs and manages to impress?

“Going forward, I see it as a good signing for us and I believe St Helens are sorry to lose him.”

Raiders director of rugby, Andy Gaffney, also expressed his delight at signing England under-15s international Jones.

He said: “This is a fantastic signing for us and shows our intentions of bringing the best young players to the club.

“Danny has come up through the ranks at St Helens and they didn’t want to lose him, so for him to choose to come to us shows the huge strides we have made in the last 12 months.”

l Raiders fans are being given the chance to dive into the 2013 season ahead of time.

The club have started selling early bird season-tickets, allowing supporters to save money on the Championship campaign.

The tickets are on sale from the Rugby Shop, Scott Street, costing £135 for adults and £90 for concessions.

The tickets cover all the home matches in the league – 13 in total – but should Barrow be drawn to play at Craven Park in either the Challenge Cup or Northern Rail Cup, those games will not be covered.

Pay-on-the-gate prices in 2013 will be £15 for adults and £10 for concessions.

The early bird offer runs for six weeks, after which the price of the season-tickets will be £145 for adults and £100 for concessions.

Barrow director Keith Holt said: “The price of the early bird season-tickets represents fantastic value for our supporters.

“It should also be noted that our pay-on-the-gate prices are as cheap as anybody in the Championship for 2013.”

Have your say

More often than not is that I hear that Barrow is a rugby town-that is a false argument!!
Over the years there has been more national & North West media attention drawn to Holker st as part of the success's that Barrow AFC has achieved, for example, promotion in 2008 & then Middlseborough & Sunderland in the FA cup.
Then Wembley in 2010.
AFC matchs have even featured on TV channels like ESPN & setanta(now demised).
Wembley was shown live on ITV4.
Has the rugby done that of recent years?
Ne'er mind!
I noticed on Mortys post that the correspondent mentions that all of AFCs players are from away-I don't have a problem with that-do you Morty?
You'll find most success clubs have to get players from away in order to compete & not only that "out of town" players have improved that game over the years anyway.

Posted by Charlie on 11 October 2012 at 20:47

I'm afraid there has always been a great divide in your town which will only get worse and ultimately will damage both clubs as long as the likes of neil and morty are allowed to peddle their poison on these sites and ultimately provoke reaction which is what it is designed to do,even from me,though I have learned to love it really.As i have frequently pointed out before,there are a lot of people in your town that really hurt and smart because the rugby is not the team it was once back in the days of Dick Turpin,It absolutely chokes them-has them spitting feathers-at the fact that you have a football team who are mentioned in the national press with results on the TV every week,yes high profile in stark contrast to trying to obtain the results from craven park on the teletext.As for all that nonsense about it being a rugby town-well that is exactly what it is,nonsense.The Soccer cannot be reasonably successful every season(though the cups haven't started yet)so I ask the likes of neil and morty what yardstick are you using,are you measuring a couple of hundred people extra at craven park against what they get at Holker Street every other week to watch a team that are struggling this particular season!,if so then it speaks volumes of your mentality to ever imagine that it could ever be a rugby town.
Tell you what,I wont mention the cup runs and thousands at the Town Hall just yet,but let me say this,the next time the rugby get to Wembley I might,Just might consider going.PS,I don't go to the soccer either-believe it or not.Dalton United for ever.

Posted by Dan on 10 October 2012 at 21:19

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