BARROW Raiders Ladies have bolstered their squad ahead of their debut season in The Betfred Women's Super League.

Having won promotion to the highest level of the women’s game last season, Raiders can’t wait for battle to commence.

And head coach Amanda Wilkinson has added some new faces to the squad during the close season.

The latest new addition is talented back Jazz Callon.

Callon caught Wilkinson’s eye during the club’s open trials at the end of November.

The Barrow-born 26-year-old is relatively new to the sport as a player, having only started a year ago.

Callon, who comes from a rugby league-mad family, has spoken to the club’s official website about her pride in joining her hometown club.

She said: “I can’t wait to give my all for the team and develop into a more confident player, with help from Amanda and the rest of the girls.

“As a Cumbrian, I feel proud to play for Barrow in the Women’s Super League in 2024, representing the area and inspiring other women to get involved with rugby league and sport in general.

“For me, rugby and being part of a team helps me switch off from work, allowing me to do something completely different. It’s something I can put my all into and feel proud while doing it.”

 During her younger days she found a passion for gymnastics, and even went on to represent Great Britain at EuroGym in Denmark at the age of 12.

But now she is focused on developing her skills within the Raiders Ladies first team, and is likely to be named in the squad for their opening pre-season friendly against Huddersfield Giants Women this weekend. 

Speaking about the latest addition to the squad, head coach Wilkinson said: “Jazz has impressed us with her attitude, commitment and general ethos to train.

“She is a great team player and has fitted into the squad so quickly.

“She’s only new to the game, but I’m looking forward to watching her grow in confidence as she develops her skills.”