Sam Brooks signs new Raiders deal

Barrow Raiders are excited to announce that powerhouse forward Sam Brooks has signed a new one-year deal, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2023 season. 

A graduate of the Wigan Warriors academy, Brooks joined the club ahead of the current Betfred Championship campaign and has gone on to make 23 appearances in total. 

The 28-year-old has a wealth of Championship experience, with previous stints at Halifax, Rochdale Hornets, Whitehaven, Widnes Vikings, Bradford Bulls, Featherstone Rovers, Leigh Centurions and Swinton Lions.

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Capped five times by the Scotland national team, Brooks will further bolster Paul Crarey’s forward pack heading into next season. 

“One thing every player wants is to get their contract sorted early,” he said. “Personally, I’ve had a good season so far, and the club as a whole definitely has. 

“We’ve all achieved great things so far, so it was quite an easy decision to put pen to paper and re-sign for next season.

“I think it took me some time to adjust to travelling at the start of the season, but now I’m really enjoying it. I play every week when I’m up for selection, and with what we’ve done this year, it’s hard not to enjoy it. We’ve surprised a lot of people.”

Barrow Raiders chairman Steve Neale said: “We are delighted to sign Sam for a further year. He has been improving week by week and has established himself as a vital member of the squad. 

“The club is intent on rewarding the players who have contributed to a successful season as we look to further consolidate our place in the Betfred Championship.”

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Director of rugby Andy Gaffney added: “It’s great to have Sam with us next year. He really has been one of our leading middles all season.

“He can play big minutes, always gives 100% and is as tough as they come on the pitch. He has fitted in really well at the club.”

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