IT has been a whirlwind few days for Jordan Walne after the versatile forward agreed a contract with Barrow Raiders for the 2019 Betfred Championship season.

Having been allowed to leave Hull Kingston Rovers during the off-season after his one-year deal expired, the 26-year-old had been hoping to secure a move to another Super League club ahead of the new season.

But when the Raiders came in with an offer for Walne, it did not take long for him to decide to make the switch to part-time rugby league, particularly after speaking with club chairman Steve Neale.

“It happened within the last couple of days, but I spoke to the chairman and it seems like a really well-run club, so I’m happy to get started,” said Walne.

“It’s been quite fast so I’ve not spoken to anyone else about the club, but I know a few of the lads and I’ll be catching up with them.

“I’ve had a few weeks out and I was hoping to stay in full-time rugby, but this offer has come up and I’m starting to miss my rugby and I’m keen to get back now. I’m looking forward to starting playing.”

Although he has been without a club for several months, Walne has kept himself in shape during pre-season by training with his elder brother and Huddersfield Giants prop Adam, who had a short time on loan with Barrow in 2014.

Running his own gym and working as a personal trainer has proven helpful for the former Salford Red Devils player in that regard too and it is now a case of getting up to speed with Barrow’s style of play ahead of a possible bow in this Sunday’s pre-season match at home to Oldham.

The second row, who is able to slot in at prop as well, had a dual-registration spell at the Roughyeds in 2013 and got some experience of Cumbrian rugby league that season too after spending eight games playing for Workington Town.

Having played against the Raiders while on loan at Leigh Centurions last year, scoring a try in their 38-0 win during the Super Eights, Walne is now itching to get started at Craven Park.

“It’s good league and there are some top teams in the league,” said Walne. “I’m looking to have the best season I can for Barrow and hopefully we’ll have a good year.”

“I’ve played quite a bit of Championship as well and played League One a bit for York last year, and I’ve played for Workington as well so I’ve been over these parts.

“I’m looking forward to getting stuck back in over here.

“I’m fit, but I’ve not been doing the rugby side. But I’ve got a full week leading up to Oldham and hopefully I’ll be playing.”