Barrow Raiders will host Championship opponents Newcastle Thunder in a 2022 pre-season friendly.

The fixture is set to take place on Sunday, January 16, with a 3:00pm kick-off, at the Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium.

Paul Crarey’s side will open their Betfred Championship campaign two weeks later at home to Sheffield Eagles.

On the announcement, Chairman Steve Neale said: “We are delighted to confirm our first friendly.

“Newcastle have gone full-time for 2022 and have put together an impressive looking squad.

“It will give us a good insight as to the strength of our own squad as I fully expect Newcastle to be battling for a play-off position by the end of the season.”

Tickets will be announced for the pre-season friendly in due course.

Sponsorship and hospitality will also be available for the fixture. For more information, please contact adele.neale@barrowrlfc.com.