French prop Paul Séguier is set to make his first appearance tomorrow for Barrow Raiders, to whom he is grateful for the game time he'll receive in the remainder of the season.

Séguier is available for the Raiders’ Betfred Championship fixture at Swinton Lions after completing his loan move from Super League side Catalans Dragons, which lasts until the end of the season, on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old was brought in by Barrow a week after his fellow prop Josh Johnson left Craven Park for Salford Red Devils and it is hoped that he will bring the same workrate and dynamism around the field as his predecessor, who had been one of the first names on the teamsheet this season.

Séguier comes with previous experience of the Championship, from a loan with Toulouse last season, but he has spent most of this season playing for the Dragons’ feeder team, Saint-Esteve, in the Elite One Championship back in his home country.

Séguier, who arrived in England and trained with his new teammates for the first time on Thursday said: “I’m happy to be here and my first training session with the boys was very good.

“It’s good for me because I need to have some game time and I have to thank Barrow for that. There is a good group here.

“I’ve been getting to know everybody and I am happy to be part of this group.”

Séguier will be living with Papua New Guinea internationals Stargroth Amean and Wartovo Puara during his time with the Raiders, with his new housemates sure to do a great job in helping him to settle into life in Barrow.

He may have already noticed the climate in south Cumbria is slightly different to its equivalent in the south of France, and Perpignan in particular, but he is confident he will be able to adapt to his new surroundings.

Séguier, a teammate of ex-Raider Arnaud Bartes at Saint-Esteve, said: “It is a little bit different, but there is quite a bit of wind here, like there is in Perpignan, which is good.”

On his first assignment with Barrow, Séguiet added: “I don’t know Swinton very well, but I do know that we need to win.

“I played four games for Toulouse in the Championship last year and I know it is a good level. I am happy to play in the Championship again this year because I think it will help me as a player.

“I need to improve my game and that is why I have come here.”

Raiders head coach Paul Crarey is delighted to have filled the hole left by Johnson's departure so quickly and very grateful to his counterpart at Catalans, Steve McNamara, for coming to his club's aid when there was interest from elsewhere in Séguier's signature.

Crarey said: "Steve just phoned me and said there was a League One club in for him but he wanted him to have Championship experience.

"He played against us for Toulouse last year there and scored a try and he's a good kid a big unit who is athletic and very fit so we look forward to seeing how he goes.

"He's got some experience with Catalans themselves and he will go back there at the end of the season but for now, he is here to do a job for us.

"I think he is the type of player who can give us the positivity we need in the group and he can hopefully contribute to the side in the upcoming weeks."