JONO Smith has become the latest player to put pen to paper on a new deal with Barrow Raiders after signing a one-year contract for the 2019 season.

The former Rochdale Hornets back row has made a big impact during his first year at Craven Park, becoming a firm fans’ favourite thanks to his all-action style.

Smith joins Jamie Dallimore, Declan Hulme - both of whom he travels up with - and vice-captain Nathan Mossop in agreeing a new contract. And Raiders rugby director Andy Gaffney is pleased to get him signed up.

“He’s settled in really well and he’s a big, impact player,” said Gaffney.

“He’s had a bit of niggling injury, but he’s got over that and he’s looking forward to next year, having a good pre-season and firing on all cylinders.

“He’s definitely a fans’ favourite and it’s good for the squad as a whole. He’s got a good relationship with the others who travel up together and they all get along, so it’s good to keep that together.”

Smith’s decision to re-sign brings the number of current members of the squad under contract for next year up to seven, with three-quarters Deon Cross and Jake Spedding set to join from Rochdale and St Helens respectively as well.

And Gaffney is in no doubt Barrow’s squad-building is progressing well.

“We’re definitely building a strong squad for next year to start moving up that table,” said Gaffney.

“You have to improve year on year, and hopefully we’ll get the crowds coming to support it.”

The Raiders have set an attendance target of 2,000 for this Sunday’s Betfred Championship Super Eights game against Swinton Lions, with a special offer in place.

If adults turn up at the Duke Street entrance with two children, the adult will receive reduced-price entry for £10 and the children will get in free.

The only condition is there must be at least two children, although more children per adult is fine.