Barrow add international forward for return to Championship

James Gordon

Barrow have signed Scotland international forward Sam Brooks for the 2022 Championship season.

Brooks, 28, was most recently with Swinton and has a wealth of experience.

He came through the Wigan academy and has gone on to play for Halifax, Rochdale, Whitehaven, Widnes, Bradford, Featherstone and Leigh.

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He said: “I’m excited for it.

“Obviously with Barrow getting promoted, there’s a big buzz around the place. I’ve seen a few recent signings and know a few already there, the club are putting together a strong team and a team that will challenge.

“I know Ryan Shaw and have played with him at Leigh and have played against Jamie Dallimore a few times. He’s a good half-back.

“I’ve played against Barrow a few times and I know how passionate their fans are. It’s always exciting to have big crowds and it gives you more of a boost to play in front of a big crowd.

“Personally, I just would like to be playing every week and playing my best rugby. I’m 28 this year, so I’d like to think I’m coming into my prime and I can be a big help towards the team in making a play-off spot.”

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Barrow secured promotion to the Championship by winning the League 1 title.

They have added a number of new signings in recent weeks, including hooker Josh Wood and Oldham back-rower Danny Langtree.

Coach Paul Crarey added: “Sam Brooks is a ball playing front rower, so will fit comfortably in with our systems.

“He comes with a wealth of experience having played at the highest level, including Super League.

“He has been a stand-out forward in the Championship for several years now. Sam will add size and experience to our pack and I look forward to working with him.”

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