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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Workington winger fired up to get one over his old Barrow pals

Workington winger Jamie Marshall is aiming for a win over his hometown club Barrow on Sunday – but he’s hoping it’s a rare home blip for the rejuvenated Raiders!

Jamie Marshall photo
Jamie Marshall

The Town flyer, who still lives in Barrow, cannot wait to face his former team-mates.

“I love to play at Craven Park. It will be fun,” he said. “It’s a home game for me, probably the only one I’ll get all year.

“I’m still a Barrow fan, and as long as the club do all right, I’ll be happy. I was probably at the club for about 11 years in total.

“They have a really strong side on paper and expect to be competitive at the top end of the division. Time will tell.”

After joining Town last summer, Marshall claimed he had been forced out of Barrow by boss Dave Clark, but he now has no hard feelings over his departure.

“That was last year,” added the winger, who was happy with his first appearance in the narrow defeat at Haven last weekend.

“The weather was horrible, but the team went okay. All the players were really happy after the game, and it was nice to see some of the new lads play.

“They all looked good players. Steven Roper was sharp and Tommy Brindle had a really good game. I even thought Scotty Kaighan, who had just joined us on loan from Barrow and had hardly trained with us, went well.”

The Raiders, promoted to the Championship, where they will face Haven this year, have enjoyed an incredible week.

They first announced the capture of three Fijian World Cup stars. Alipate Noilea was one of the stand-out performers of Fiji’s World Cup campaign, where they were knocked out by hosts Australia in the semi-finals, with Seva Koroi and Waisale Suka also playing big parts in the tournament.

The Raiders then secured the signature of Super League forward Ned Catic. The 30-year-old Australian has played in two NRL finals for Sydney Roosters, as well as featuring for Wakefield and Castleford in recent seasons.

“I’m absolutely over the moon with this deal,” said Barrow chairman Des Johnston.

“I spoke to three Super League coaches, Brian Noble, John Kear and Terry Matterson at Castleford – who wanted to keep him, but they had already filled their quota – and everything I heard was positive.

“I was wanting Catic more than anyone this year. He will be a real handful.”

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