ANDY Gaffney is excited by what he believes Jordan Walne can bring to Barrow Raiders after the versatile forward agreed terms with the club for the 2019 Betfred Championship season.

Walne, who can play in the second row or at prop, has been without a club since leaving Super League side Hull Kingston Rovers during the off-season, having previously been with Salford Red Devils for whom he made nearly 60 appearances for since making his debut in 2013.

The 26-year-old's move to Barrow happened quickly, with negotiations only beginning in the past few days, and Raiders rugby director Gaffney is delighted to have concluded a deal with Walne, who met his new team-mates for the first time at training today.

"It's really good news,” said Gaffney. “He did the hills and a full training session with the lads this morning and had his medical afterwards, and he looks in really good shape.

“I think it's a really class signing for us and we're looking forward to seeing him play.

"We knew he was available a few weeks ago, but didn't think anything would come of it. It's happened really quickly and when we decided we wanted him we got in touch with his agent, Martin Shuttleworth, who's been really good in negotiations with Jordan.

"It's a good sign it happened quickly because he wanted to come when he heard the offer. It says he wants to be here."

Walne's signing adds some more depth to the pack, which will be further boosted when Papua New Guinean prop Willie Minoga and hooker Wartovo Puara Jr arrive next week along with winger Stargroth Amean.

It also comes as the Raiders missed out on the New Zealand trialist they were hoping to take a look at, with the player opting to sign for League One side London Skolars instead and Gaffney did not rule out any further signings.

"There are always players available and if the right player came along we would look at it," said Gaffney. "You never stop looking at it and it's an ongoing thing.

"But the majority of the squad is together now and it's a tight unit, which it has to be this year. We're strong in all areas and we're raring to go, really.

"The Papua New Guinean lads are coming over this week, which will add extra steel and depth as well. We've had good reports on all of them."