Half-back Jake Carter insists he is ready to step up to the plate in the Betfred Championship as Barrow Raiders’ injury list continues to grow.

With influential playmaker Jarrod Sammut sidelined after leaving the field during last Sunday’s 40-18 defeat to Halifax Panthers, Ryan Johnston carrying an injury and centre Hakim Miloudi still suspended, Carter admits the pressure is on to deliver for his side. 

The 23-year-old is likely to be the team’s creative focal point against York City Knights next Monday; something he says he is ready to embrace.

Asked whether he was enjoying the rigours of Championship rugby, Carter said: “I’m loving it. I played a little bit during my first year at the club, but I never really got the chance to play a full season. 

“In this league and in my position, you’re coming up against some fantastic players who will be on a lot more money and have played at a high level for a number of years. 

“The step up is noticeable, but I’m really enjoying it and hopefully I can keep playing as many games as I can at this level. It’s a good challenge to try and get one over on the people you’re playing against, and some really good teams too.”

He added: “I like to be the organising player with a decent kicking game."

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