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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Raiders veteran Broadbent in limbo over new deal

VETERAN full-back Gary Broadbent does not expect to speak to Barrow Raiders about a new deal until the New Year.

FUTURE IN DOUBT: Gary Broadbent

And the 34-year-old former team skipper has not ruled out a move to another club as his career sits in limbo.

Broadbent is one of only two members of last season’s squad still uncertain about their potential role at Craven Park in 2011.

But, unlike forward Jamie Butler, he has not returned for pre-season training and nor has he had any talks with chairman Des Johnston about a potential deal.

The former Whitehaven, Widnes and Salford man has no intention of joining the squad until an agreement is reached, though he admits there is a chance he could end up starting pre-season at another club.

“I haven’t spoken to anyone from the club. I am in limbo,” he said.

“I haven’t spoken with Garry Schofield. I have spoken to a couple of the lads who I am in touch with, but that is about it.

“I haven’t spoken to Des, he’s too busy and now he’s away and it he will have the final say on it.

“I got a message off him saying it will be Christmastime before he catches up with me, so I am just ticking over by myself. I would imagine it would be more like New Year by the time he gets to me.

“When he comes back I would imagine he will be busy with work stuff, so it will take a little time.

“At the end of the day I am out of contract and when players are out of contract, you’re not going to start training until you have signed a new deal with a club, whichever club that may be.”

Asked if he would still sign for another club should nothing materialise with Barrow, he added: “Possibly. I haven’t reached that avenue yet, but it would obviously be an option for me to sit down, discuss and listen to what somebody has to say.

“Who knows what will happen? we will wait and see.”

l The Barrow Raiders playing strip for the 2011 season will be officially unveiled at a launch night at the Raiders Bar on Wednesday, starting at 7.30pm.

Replica shirts and leisure wear can be ordered on the night and will be on sale at the club shop, Scott Street, from the following day.

Supporters will also have the chance to quiz new coach Garry Schofield in a question and answer session.

l The Raiders will be featured on Granada Reports tonight, the TV cameras having been to Craven Park this week.

Have your say

Although Gary is the best full back we have had for many years didn't he state it was his last year?? Has Des listened and maybe looking for a younger full back with the same ability...I'm sure the Blagster knows you know.

Posted by Mike on 8 December 2010 at 21:01

Jonny S, i think you will find Ned cleaned up last year, but it is madness that Broady has not been signed up

Posted by D Duff on 7 December 2010 at 08:16

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