Armistead makes Barrow return

Australian forward Dave Armistead has returned to Barrow to try and win a contract at Craven Park.

Armistead, 27, was named National League 2 Player of the Year in 2008 during the Raiders’ promotion winning campaign, before moving on to spend two seasons with Leigh Centurions.

He returned to Australia in the close season and met up with Barrow chairman Des Johnston before Christmas, but has now come back to the UK and will be training with the club to try and force his way in to the squad.

Johnston said: “He really loved his time at Barrow. His ability was never in doubt it was just a situation he had with the then coach which led to him leaving the club.

“I am sure that he has learnt from that episode in his life. He was a big favourite with the supporters and now wants a chance of showing his worth to earn a contract.”

Armistead will begin training with Garry Schofield’s men tonight, Tuesday, as they look to bounce back from their Northern Rail Cup exit.

Schofield said: “Dave Armistead has a good pedigree and can play anywhere in the pack. We’ll be taking a good look at him and if he shapes up he will be able to provide me with options at prop, second row and loose forward.

“It may be too soon but it would be nice to be able to pitch him into the fray for our first league match which just happens to be against his last club, Leigh.”

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