Head coach Paul Crarey had to give his now customary post-match injury update after Barrow Raiders’ 46-22 defeat against Bradford Bulls last Sunday, after Liam Paisley had to be helped from the field during it.

Paisley, who signed for the Raiders from Wigan Warriors in June, was playing at centre for the first time for the club, having previously started amongst the forwards during his first two months at Craven Park.

The 21-year-old from Dalton was injured in a crunching Bradford tackle during the second half with his cry of pain being heard from the stand.

After a fairly lengthy delay, Paisley had to be propped up by Barrow’s medical team as he hobbled off and he could be the latest Raiders player to have his season ended prematurely.

Crarey said: “Liam Paisley looks like he’s got a ligament problem - you could hear him scream from the stands and it looks a bad, bad injury.

“I don’t think their was anything malicious in the tackle, he just went down very awkwardly and he had to be carried off.

“I think Ryan Duffy has tweaked his knee and Declan [Hulme] got a tweak, so were were down to our last man standing in Adam Ford.”

Ford made his senior debut for the Raiders against Bradford after Tee Ritson failed a concussion test in the build-up and the 18-year-old marked the occasion with a well-taken try as he dived into the left-hand corner in the 50th minute.

“I’m proud of Adam,” Crarey said, adding: “He’s got stuck in and he’s waited for his chance to come and he’s done nothing wrong.

“For a kid of 18 years of age, he showed big potential. He’s going to have a big future in the game.

“I thought Luke Cresswell, again, was outstanding and people like Tom Walker and Alec Susino were really good, but you’ve got to defend well against teams of that quality and vision and we didn’t defend well.”