Barrow Raiders' fan-tache-tique centre Ryan Shaw
Last updated at 11:42, Saturday, 02 June 2012
A TOPIC of utmost importance has dominated conversations at Craven Park this week.
Promotion, topping the table, a mile-long injury list – all have taken a back seat to discussions about the hairy imposter on Ryan Shaw’s top lip.
The 20-year-old centre has been a revelation since his dual-registration move from Warrington – impressing the supporters with his play and goal-kicking ability.
His displays even saw him ranked as the fifth-best centre in the division by Rugby League World for May, despite only arriving midway through the month.
But he caused a minor sensation of a different kind at the Recreation Ground last Sunday by sporting a previously-unnoticed moustache.
Spectators and team-mates alike were taken aback by its appearance, though it did not throw off his balance as he kicked an immaculate seven goals from seven, for the second week running.
The reason behind the growing issue is unclear, with Raiders half-back and Shaw’s cousin, Liam Campbell, confirming it is not for charity or for a bet.
“His tache is horrendous – it’s the worst thing I have ever seen in my life,” said an obviously shocked and offended Campbell, who has retained a designer stubble look throughout his time with Barrow.
“I don’t know what he is trying to achieve. I think he thinks it’s going to help him with the ladies, but it’s definitely not.
“It’s not for a bet or anything – I think he just thinks he’s cool when he’s not!”
With the moustache seemingly here to stay – Shaw has retweeted any mention of its greatness on Twitter – Barrow player/coach Darren Holt is considering drastic measures.
The veteran playmaker is worried the pencil tache – the likes of which are normally only sported during the annual Movember charity push – will prove a distraction in games, having already seen training disrupted by its mere presence.
“It’s very wrong and I have told him so,” said Holt, not a stranger to controversial personal grooming regimes, having spent some of his early several seasons at Raiders with a dazzlingly awful bright blonde haircut, rarely seen outside of the professional wrestling circuit.
“I don’t know why he is doing it, what he is up to – but it certainly looks wrong and makes him look like he should be on some sort of register somewhere.
“I’ve let him know my opinion. It is affecting training now – all the players can’t concentrate on the things they should be because there is this little fluffy slug on his lip.
“It really is getting in the way of training, so he either gets rid of it sharpish, or we find a way of getting rid of it for him.”
Asked, what measures might be employed to affect such a removal, Holt added: “I don’t think you need to hold him down, just try and catch him as he turns round, and blow hard enough and I think it will come off – that might be the way to do it.”
First published at 10:38, Saturday, 02 June 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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