Head coach Paul Crarey believes Barrow Raiders have brought in a special talent after signing young prop Connor Terrill last week.

Terrill was part of the Furness Raiders side who won the AoC National Cup earlier in the year, while he has also picked up plenty of first-team experience with Millom in the National Conference League.

The 18-year-old looks well set to play a strong part next year in Barrow's season in Betfred League One, which is a far better level to blood youngsters than the unforgiving Championship.

Crarey said: "Connor Terrill has got massive potential. He eats, sleeps and breathes rugby league.

"We picked him up from Millom to come down and play for our academy side and he wasn't even in the squad at first, but he came to training and I said to Dave Cairns that this lad has got potential and we brought him into the group.

"He was an absolute revelation. He's a man-mountain at around 6ft 3ins and about 18-and-a-half stone of solid muscle and he can travel as well. He played in the national academy final, was outstanding there and he got picked up by St Helens."

Terrill played twice for Saints' under-19 team and the Super League giants were interested in having him back next year. However, he wanted to try his hand in the professional ranks.

Crarey said: "We were a bit gutted about him going there because we'd done a lot of work with him, but he went down there and played one really noticeable game at Leeds, where they won.

"Connor then broke his foot and he phoned me saying St Helens wanted him to go back and I said 'what if I can sort out a deal for you at Barrow?' and he said he'd love to play for us. I spoke to the Super Lotto committee and they made money available for us to sign him."