Glenn Riley has become the second prop to leave Barrow Raiders for Cumbrian rivals Whitehaven after he signed a one-year contract to return to the Recreation Ground.

Riley joins Tom Walker at Haven, who have swapped divisions with the Raiders after winning promotion from Betfred League One in the season just finished.

The 26-year-old was predominantly used as an interchange during his two years with Craven Park, with his 6ft 5in, 17-stone frame often making an impact as 35 of his 41 appearances for Barrow came off the bench.

He had joined for the 2018 season after being part of the Whitehaven side that were defeated in the League One play-off final by the Raiders in the previous season.

Riley said: “I’m Delighted to have signed back at my home town club. It feels like there is a real buzz around the place and the club seems to be going from strength to strength."

"Usually after a season your ready for a break and some down time but I can’t wait to get started ready for next season.

"I Would like to thank every one at Barrow, especially Paul Crarey and the players for making my last two years so enjoyable.”

Riley began his career at amateur club Wath Brow Hornets before moving to Warrington Wolves, where he made 18 appearances in Super League.

He spent three loan periods at Swinton Lions and had a spell with London Broncos before beginning his first spell at Whitehaven in 2016.

Haven assistant coach Jonty Gorley said: “You know what you are going to get from Glenn and he’s ideal for what we will need.

“He’s a big unit and strong going forward and has been playing Championship rugby which is going to be useful next year."