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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Dixon follows Botes out of Craven Park

RAIDERS boss Darren Holt has left the door open for departed pair Marc Dixon and Mike Botes to make a return to Craven Park some time in the future.

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OLD STAMPING GROUND: Marc Dixon has returned to amateur club Ulverston after work commitments forced him to leave Barrow Raiders

Winger Dixon left the club by mutual consent before the weekend, as work commitments are not allowing him to commit fully to the professional game.

The powerful Ulverston back’s exit comes hard on the heels of South African forward Botes also leaving Craven Park.

Former Furness RUFC ace Botes told Holt he could not meet the commitment needed, and last week he played a try-scoring role in Barrow Island’s North West Men’s League opening day victory against Clock Face.

Holt – whose squad play at South Wales Scorpions on Sunday having just enjoyed a blank weekend – thanked both players for their efforts and said there is no reason why they couldn’t return to the pro ranks.

“The opportunities for Dixon have been limited since the beginning of the league campaign having impressed in the pre-season and Northern Rail Cup games,” said Holt.

“All at the club wish him well and the door is always open, should his circumstances change.”

Botes featured at Craven Park in pre-season, but did not play in either the Northern Rail Cup, or Championship One.

“I had a sit down with Mike and had a chat with him,” said Holt of the convert from rugby union.

“He insinuated that the professional game and the time involved – he has just had a baby and his shift pattern changed at work – meant he was struggling to commit to all the training sessions.

“He came to me and had a word with me and I fully understood what he was talking about.

“The door is always open for him if circumstances change, but for the time being he is not training.

“We haven’t released him as a player and if things change in time and he wants to find his way back down, then he is more than welcome.”

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