Barrow have signed signed prolific try scorer Andrew Bulman on a one-year deal following his departure from Cumbrian rivals Whitehaven.
The 23-year-old winger linked up with Whitehaven ahead of the 2019 season from Hull, scoring 45 tries in 67 appearances.
Bulman was granted a release from his Whitehaven with 12 months left to run on his deal. He has now joined Barrow for the upcoming season.
“I’ve needed a bit of a change, and whenever you come here, there’s always a big crowd,” Bulman said.
“Barrow finished in the top four last season, and having spoken to a few people around the place, one of the key reasons for me joining is the ambition of the club. They want to be at the top of the table.
“Given the opportunity, I can score tries. I’ll only score more with the way that Barrow plays rugby. They throw the ball around a lot and like to get the ball to the edges, and that’s quite promising for me.”
Andrew Bulman a “perfect replacement” for Tee Ritson
Raiders chairman Steve Neale believes Bulman is a like for like replacement for Tee Ritson, who has joined Super League champions St Helens on a season-long loan.
Barrow chairman Steve Neale said: “We are absolutely delighted with the acquisition of Andrew Bulman. Our patience has been rewarded by picking up such a quality player so late in the day.
“He will be the perfect replacement for Tee Ritson and I’m sure the Barrow public will quickly take him to their hearts.
“We are now pretty much spent up in terms of budget, but we feel we have put together a quality squad that will be more than competitive in what promises to be a challenging Championship season.”
Barrow director of rugby Andy Gaffney added: “Andrew is a proven try scorer at Championship level and is still only a young man.
“He was outstanding in the Cumbria match against international opposition. When his agent approached us to say he was available, of course we were immediately interested in signing him.
“Despite interest from other clubs including Super League, it was very satisfying to get him to come to Barrow. We all look forward to seeing him play and helping him improve as a player.
“His style of play is sure to be a big hit with the fans.”