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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Workington Town sign McGoff on loan from Barrow Raiders

Workington Town yesterday added beef to their pack by signing Barrow Raiders prop Ruairi McGoff.

Ruiari McGoff photo
Ruiari McGoff

The 25-year-old has joined Town on loan and will start training with his new team-mates next week.

A former Roose and Ulverston amateur, he featured for Barrow’s reserve-grade last year and signed on again for 2010.

Amid stiff competition, he did not feature for the Raiders’ first-team last term, on their way to the Championship title. But he did play against Town in their pre-season friendly at Craven Park.

“He first came to our attention playing for Cumbria in the Carnegie Nines last year,” said Town chairman Dave Bowden. “He’s got a lot of size about him and is a good, hard runner.

“We are short of numbers at prop and Ruairi will certainly be competing for a position. Through the season you can’t afford to be weak at prop, and we were a bit last season. Given a normal run of injuries, we’ll need people to step in.”

Ex-Town winger Stephen Dawes has left Barrow after completing a trial at Craven Park.

Workington get their Northern Rail Cup campaign underway tomorrow at Gateshead (3pm) looking for a valuable win.

“I was talking to the players and I said to them that maybe it’s become a habit, losing, at this club and it is something we have to break and do it pretty fast,” said joint coach Gary Charlton.

“And this is the perfect time to do it, going away to Gateshead and picking up a win. The boys are all looking forward to the game and we have been doing a fair bit of field work so there are no excuses now. We will always go away with the attitude we are going to win.”

Town are hoping to hold their re-arranged cup game against Swinton on Wednesday, February 17 at Derwent Park but are awaiting confirmation.

Town: Lebbon, Backhouse, Beattie, Low, Carter, L Finch, Kaighan, Dutton, Pedley, Coward, Whitehead, Stack, Coupar. Subs from: Marshall, J Finch, Rhodes, Wilson, Robinson.

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