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Why Danny Jones chose Barrow Raiders over St Helens

NEW teenage signing Danny Jones is looking forward to a new challenge at Barrow Raiders after leaving Super League St Helens.

Danny Jones
New Barrow Raiders signing Danny Jones

The 19-year-old second-row forward turned down the chance to stay with Saints to sign for Barrow for the 2013 season this week.

Jones was seen as one of the stars of the future at Langtree Park, but he was frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities this year, and Raiders pounced for his signature.

The former England under-15s international was given the chance to stay at St Helens, where he spent more than five years at various levels within their Academy, but wanted regular first-team rugby and is now relishing the prospect of featuring for Barrow.

“I got a few offers from other places, but Barrow just sounded like a good challenge,” said Jones, who started out in the amateur game with Haydock Warriors. “They seem like they have got a good team this year, they are moving up into the Championship and they just seem like they are going places, and I want to be a part of it.

“It was a very tough decision. Saints have always been good to me and they have looked after me.

“But I wasn’t really getting anywhere there and I just wanted to be part of first-team rugby, that’s what I was after.

“I wanted to be playing in the Championship rather than for the under-20s at Saints again. I definitely feel I am ready for that step-up.

“I think it’s going to be a high level of competition. I’ve watched the Championship quite a bit and I enjoy watching it, so to be playing there is a good level for me.”

Jones is one of seven new signings made by coach Darren Holt for next season.

He joins Adam Clay, Matthew Haggerty, Max Wiper, Kurt Haggerty, Dean McGilvray and Brad Brennan in the squad at Craven Park for the step up a division.

This season has been one of success for the team, with promotion earned and the Championship One Grand Final reached. Jones knows it will not be so easy next term, but still expects Raiders to make their mark.

He added: “I definitely feel the team will be able to achieve things next year.

“I know it’s unrealistic to say we are going to be near the top, but I think we are definitely going to shock people coming up. We’re definitely going to be going for those last two play-off slots.”

Jones was moved into the Saints first-team squad this season, but he failed to make a breakthrough into the Super League side.

Instead, he made 20 appearances, scoring five tries, for the under-20s team, but he wanted more than that in 2013 and playing in the Championship with Barrow offered him that opportunity.

“Saints looked after me and they taught me a lot,” he added. “It was really good and I enjoyed myself in the first-team squad, training full-time with them, it was brilliant.

“But, at the same time, it wasn’t good not playing the first-team rugby with them and just training with them.

“Playing for Barrow is a challenge I am looking forward to. I’d love to prove myself and Barrow are going to give me that opportunity, so I am happy with that.”

l The Barrow Raiders presentation night takes place tomorrow. The evening takes place at The Nines, Barrow.

Tickets are available from the Rugby Shop, Scott Street, costing £5 each, with all profits going towards the fund to erect new floodlights at Craven Park.

l Askam will play Millom in the first qualifying round of the Challenge Cup after the RFL made the draw yesterday. The two South Cumbrian sides will go head-to-head on the weekend of October 27/28. The winner will face a home tie against either Bristol Sonics or Eccles the following weekend.

Have your say

on no, hes not a barrovian, lets all get on the outrage bus and boycott local sport.

Posted by The poacher on 12 October 2012 at 20:44

Good to see another young forward putting his hand up for Barrow. With experience from St. Helens he will be an asset to the Raiders in 2013. Also he will be able to press for England U/21's by playing in Championhip if such an opportunity exists.

Posted by Peter Farrugia on 12 October 2012 at 13:11

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