Barrow Raiders’ Betfred League One season finally gets underway at the weekend, and it sees them travel to the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster as they look to get back into the Championship.

Doncaster and Barrow both managed to reach the fourth round of the Coral Challenge Cup and while Barrow fell to an agonising defeat in West Yorkshire at Featherstone, Doncaster were also crashing out of the cup in West Cumbria, as they lost out 22-12 against Workington Town, a side that Barrow had beaten in their last pre-season friendly.

They are coached by an ex-Hull FC player in Richard Horne, who had a 16-year career at the Black and Whites, racking up 387 appearances for his hometown club.

Horne joined Doncaster in 2017 after Gary Thornton had left the club, and so far has guided them to two consecutive fourth place finishes.

Most notably, Rangi Chase ended his two-year spell away from the sport, to return in 2019 and join Doncaster for a handful of matches at the end of last season.

He has since gone on to sign a one-year contract, and the ex-Super League man is more than capable of still producing his best in marshalling his side around the field. Jack Logan is another player who has joined with past Super League experience under his belt.

Graeme Horne also joined his brother Richard at the club in the close season as he ended his spell with York City Knights in order to try and restore the club back to its glory days.

It’s been five years since they endured what was nothing less of a horror campaign in the Championship, when Doncaster finished rock bottom, picking up only one win throughout the season and conceding 851 points in the process.

However, they are back on the rise, and Horne will be hoping it is third time lucky for the club as they look at a chance to right the wrongs of 2015.