Josh Johnson joins Barrow

Barrow have signed front-rower Josh Johnson on a one-year deal following his release from Hull KR.

The 24-year-old was released by the Robins last week by mutual consent due to Johnson wanting more first-team action.

Johnson made 19 appearances in his three seasons at Hull KR and enjoyed loan spells at York City Knights and Leigh Centurions.

On signing Johnson, a Barrow spokesperson said: “Josh is a very aggressive front row forward and will add power and strength to an already formidable pack.

“We initially entered talks with Josh about a loan move, but he became very keen on joining the club on a permanent basis having heard good things from his former team-mate Jordan Walne. Josh managed to get a release from his contract with the lure of regular first team football an attraction to him.

“At 24 years of age, his very best years are still ahead of him and Barrow Raiders have pulled off a significant coup in capturing his signature.

“It is a sign of all the good things that are happening at the club that players of this stature see their future with us. The stability that Paul Crarey brings is again a factor in all the player negotiations.”

Johnson has penned a deal with the Raiders for the 2019 season, but has the option of being released should a full-time offer come his way.