Barrow head coach hails’ exceptional ‘Josh Wood ahead of Raiders’ debut

Josh Wood in action for Wakefield

Barrow head coach Paul Crarey was impressed with 2022 rookie Josh Wood during the club’s preseason training.

Wood missed the club’s first preseason friendly with a slight blow, but is in the running to make his debut next week.

The Raiders hosted their neighbors Workington in their opening preseason friendly of the year, with the club gearing up for their return to the championship. This resulted in a 24-12 victory for the hosts, with first tries from Danny Langtree and Ellis Gillam. Hakim Miloudi and Ryan Shaw also crossed for four points.

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Paul Crarey impressed with ex-Super League hooker Josh Wood

“Josh [Wood] has been exceptional in training, ”said Crarey.

“I have never seen someone so physical in contact exercises as Josh Wood. He can ping a ball left and right and he’s very calm, so he’s huge for us.

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Former Wigan half-back Jarrod Sammut has moved to Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium during the offseason. The 34-year-old has not played against Workington but could return next week in a friendly with Newcastle Thunder.

Jake Carter, Jarrad Stack and Nathan Mossop are also set to return.

Paul Crarey on Team 2022

“The team with the best player versatility could come out on top, and it’s about stealing those close games,” Crarey said.

“Covid will play a major role, but we have reinforcements. We have good players who have been absent [against Workington], and we got a 24-12 win when we were way off pace in terms of structure and the way we want to play.

“I thought we wanted to defend our goal line in the first half, especially when we were up against a mountain of possession.”

He continued: “If we want to be a good team and participate in the championship, we will have to sacrifice ourselves. “

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