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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Ryan MacDonald back for Workington Town

Powerful prop Ryan MacDonald has shelved his retirement plans once again to try and help Workington Town achieve their dream of promotion.

The experienced forward will don his boots once more this season after signing a new contract at Derwent Park.

Chairman Dave Bowden was delighted MacDonald had changed his plans, following some strong performances back in the amateur ranks with Glasson Rangers.

He said: “Ryan has continued to train with us and was applying himself really well. He still has some fire- power in him and he will provide us with some impact off the bench.

“You can never have enough props at the club as they are the business end of rugby league.

“The fact that Ryan has decided to give it another year gives us another option that we are pleased to have.”

Bowden said not only could MacDonald have an impact on the pitch but also off the field, helping bring on the younger members of the squad.

He added: “He is an experienced player and great to have around. I am sure he will give our younger lads plenty of support.”

MacDonald initially announced his retirement shortly before the end of last season. He missed out on the Grand Final after undergoing an operation to remove a plate from his arm.

The much-journeyed prop joined Leeds Rhinos from Glasson Rangers as a youngster and later featured for Widnes Vikings in Super League.

Town travel to free-scoring Barrow Raiders tomorrow (2pm ko) for their second pre-season test.

Beating Whitehaven 26-18 in the Ike Southward Memorial Trophy last time out, they come up against a host of former players in the Raiders ranks.

Barrow boss Darren Holt, an ex-Town star, expects his side to continue to spread their tries around the field after producing some fine attacking rugby so far in pre-season.

Barrow have scored 15 tries in three matches at Craven Park this month, with 11 different players crossing the whitewash.

Holt said: “That’s the way we want to play the game. Our game is based around a quick play the ball and playing at pace and with shape. When we do that, we can score from anywhere.

“I’m a big believer that we have the ball players and the support players to score from anywhere and when we do that, we look very, very good.

“On the other side, when we don’t do that, then we can be made to look a bit pedestrian and a bit ordinary.

“It’s just a case of getting the players applying themselves and implementing things that need to be implemented on the pitch.”

l Town supporters are being invited to Derwent Park to discuss the 2012 Championship One season next month.

Fans will be encouraged to attend on Saturday, February 11, to ask any questions of the team, staff and directors from 1.15pm onwards.

Earlier the side will be taking their team photo at Navvies Bridge in the town, before training in preparation for the opening Northern Rail Cup game on the Sunday against Sheffield.

l Town Flyer: Monday, A Mitchell, Whitehaven, A7091; Tuesday, Carol Bell, Cleator Moor, D6894; Wednesday, D Atherton, Cockermouth, C0660; yesterday, J Nicholson, Dearham, C9556; today, G Nicholson, Westfield, B4507.

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