It has been a whirlwind of a week for new signing Connor Terrill, who has been recruited ahead of the 2020 season to help Barrow Raiders bounce straight back from this year’s relegation from the Betfred Championship.

The 18-year-old is a product of Millom, playing through their age groups up until the under-16s, where he then went straight into the first team and he cannot wait to get stuck in with his new side.

Terrill said: “I’m really excited to be stepping up a level and testing myself next year.

I got offered to go back to St Helens for the reserves league, which starts next year, on a trial but once the offer came through from Barrow it was a no-brainer and it just seemed like a really good stepping stone for my career.”

The prop forward is not the first person from Millom to make it into the professional game, as he joins fellow Raiders Bradd Crellin and Nathan Mossop at Craven Park.

James Newton and Ethan Kelly both ply their trades at Whitehaven while ex-Barrow player Andrew Dawson now plays at Workington Town.

Kelly himself is relatively new to the professional game after only signing his first contract this year with Whitehaven and Terrill will hope for similar success to the one which Kelly who has helped his new side be crowned champions of Betfred League One and swap divisions with Barrow.

Speaking about how he felt Millom had help him develop, Terrill said: “Millom has got me to where I am now so I can’t thank everyone down the club enough for all they’ve done for me.

“They’ve supported me from when I was in the youth set-up and the support from the town as well has just been overwhelming.”

However, things haven’t all gone the Scotland under-19 international’s way this season, as he suffered a broken metatarsal during his trial stint at St Helens this year but Terrill is adamant that it will not affect his future in the game.

Speaking about that injury, he said: “When I played for Saints against Leeds at Headingley I went over on my foot but at the time I didn’t think much about it so I carried on.

“During the match, it just got worse and worse and I went to hospital the next day and they said I had broken my fifth metatarsal in my left foot.”

Terrill was one of five signings which have been announced for the Raiders last week. Jamie Dallimore, Danny Morrow, Stargroth Amean and Wartovo Puara have all put pen to paper on new deals as head coach Paul Crarey looks for an instant response from his side next year.