New Barrow Raiders prop Lee Jewitt is hoping his experience will prove valuable to some of the younger players at the club.

Former Hull Kingston Rovers man Jewitt has played the majority of his career in Super League, turning out for the likes of Wigan, Salford and Castleford before his time at Hull KR came to an end after a succession of injuries in May.

Now refreshed after an extended break from the game, the 32-year-old is set to bring plenty of quality and know-how to the Raiders' front row, as they look to bounce back from relegation in Betfred League One next season.

They'll be blooding quite a few youngsters during the campaign, as head coach Paul Crarey aims to build for the future, and fellow prop Connor Terrill, in particular, could be one to benefit from Jewitt's example.

Jewitt said: "At this point in my career and life, helping younger players is something I'm really passionate about doing.

"I want to pass my knowledge on and whatever else I can pass on and if it's a case of just bringing that one per cent to the club, then that's it but for me it's a massive positive and I do want to have an influence, particularly around the younger lads."

After going for around five months without a club, Jewitt needed to make an informed decision over what his next move was going to be and he is certain he has made the right one after several phone calls and meetings with Crarey and rugby director Andy Gaffney.

He said: "It went on for a few weeks, but not in a way where I wasn't happy with coming to Barrow. It was more about the work side of things and the choices I was making in going down that road.

"Actually coming to Barrow and signing for them wasn't an issue at all - that was something I was happy about.

"I spoke to Andy and Paul quite extensively about the move and they didn't need to sell me the club or that side of it and they were great, by the way."

During his injury-hit stay with Hull KR, Jewitt played alongside a Barrovian in winger Ryan Shaw, who has recently switched codes to play for Yorkshire Carnegie in rugby union's Greene King IPA Championship.

When asked if Shaw gave his input as made his mind up to sign, Jewitt said: "I've not spoken to him, but living in Wigan, we went up that way quite a bit anyway with the children up to the Lake District, so I know what that part of the country is like.

"It's absolutely beautiful and we love it up there and I have friends in the game who speak very highly of the clubs up there, so that played a bit of a part as well."