Prop Alec Susino is prepared to keep going the extra mile for Barrow Raiders, as they go into a tough stretch of fixtures with injuries in the squad starting to mount again.

Since re-signing for the Raiders in March, Susino has mercifully had better luck than some of his teammates when it comes to availability, although lack of numbers has meant he’s really had to clock the minutes on the field.

The Australian is likely to be key to the cause again when Barrow welcome Halifax to Craven Park on Sunday, especially with their visitors looking to make amends for a 31-8 loss at Leigh Centurions last weekend.

Susino said: “I’ve played some big minutes, haven’t I? I honestly don’t mind it, I enjoy being out there and you need to ride out the highs and the lows.

“Personally, if my lungs allow it, I kind of enjoy it, but Paul [Crarey] knows that if I’m gassed then he’ll pull me off.

“I’ll just do my best and sometimes I don’t have much of a choice, with the amount of knocks that we have, so I’ve just got to get through it.”

Susino credits the fact that he’s one of the members of the Raiders’ squad that doesn’t have a day job outside of playing for the club for the way he’s been able to keep going week upon week.

It’s allowed him more time to recuperate than some of his teammates and his energy levels were there for all to see in last Sunday’s 38-14 loss at Widnes, where he was Barrow’s star man on the day.

In Susino’s view, the way the Raiders refused to cave in after falling 38-2 behind with 20 minutes still to play was further evidence that they have turned a corner in the last few weeks.

He said: “We train two times a week and most of the time some of the players are only training once a week because they’ve picked up a knock at the weekend.

“We don’t have the luxury of coming in for a pool session for our rehab and all of that, but you can only do what you can do.

“I think over the last month we’ve turned a corner.

"We’ve put a couple of results on [against Rochdale and Bradford] before a bit of a step backwards on the weekend, but I’m sure we can kick on from here.”