THERE will be a familiar face lining up across the field from the Barrow Raiders team when they take on Toulouse Olympique in the Betfred Championship this afternoon.

Hooker Dean Parata moved from the Raiders to the French side in the off-season, having spent the 2018 season at Craven Park along with fellow Australian Alec Susino.

The Italy international has made a flying start to life in Toulouse, scoring five tries in their first six games of the season, and is feeling settled in the south of France.

"I am very happy to be here," Parata told the club's official website. "Toulouse is a very nice city, I feel good.

"At the club, we are fortunate to have a quality staff and extraordinary leaders who pull the group up.

"We have every chance of achieving the goals set at the beginning of the season."

One of Parata's tries came in last Saturday's eye-catching 46-16 win at home to title-favourites Toronto Wolfpack.

What was even more notable about that victory was Toulouse came back from 16-6 down at half time and were able to nil the big-spending Canadian side during the second 40 minutes.

Sylvain Houles' side are effectively full-time as well though and have plenty of threats in their side such as full-back Mark Kheirallah, half-back Jonathon Ford and second row Rhys Curran.

Winger Tony Maurel knows they cannot afford to allow any complacency to creep in against Barrow though.

"We are very happy with this success (against Toronto) and our collective performance, especially after the break," Maurel told the club's official website.

"But we must continue to work, take it match by match, remain humble and not relax for the visit of Barrow.

"If we manage to play as we know how to do, like our second half against Toronto, we have the team and the players to defeat any opponent."