Barrow snap up Nigeria international from St Helens

Rio-Osayomwanbo Corkill SWpix
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Championship club Barrow have signed Nigeria international Rio-Osayomwanbo Corkill from Super League champions St Helens on a one-year deal.

The 20-year-old centre was released by Saints at the end of last season and has now joined the Raiders following a successful trial period.

Corkill left Cumbria at the age of 16 to sign a professional deal with St Helens. He progressed through their academy and made his Super League debut in August.

Corkill said: “I was at Saints last year and it was a brilliant experience for me, so when it came to leaving it was quite tough.

“The idea of coming to Barrow and being part of what’s been built over the last few years is really exciting for me. I couldn’t let that opportunity pass me by. 

“We’re all here to win and do the best we can. If that’s achieving promotion to Super League, that’s brilliant. If it’s finishing top four, that’s great too. We need to start by winning every game we can.”

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Corkill was called up by Nigeria ahead of the Middle East Africa Championship in Ghana, which forms part of the qualification process for the 2025 World Cup.

He was originally spotted by coaches of the national team on Instagram. Corkill won two caps for the Green Hawks as they beat Cameroon and Ghana.

Barrow coach Paul Crarey said: “Right from the start of our journey with Barrow, our aim was always to build around and develop local talent. 

“We said we would not only help develop young players but also any aspiring coaches in the area also. When Rio became available, it was a no-brainer to invite him in and have a look at him. 

“Sometimes when young lads go to big clubs as juniors and maybe don’t quite make it, it’s very easy to call it quits due to the disappointment. 

“Rio has turned up, trained hard and showed his enthusiasm for his local town. Everyone has been impressed with his attitude and it’s great to have him with us.”

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1 Comment

  1. Hi there,

    I love this article! What a great way to showcase local talent and encourage young players who have perhaps not entirely made it in big clubs.

    This demonstrates the commitment of Barrow boss Paul Crarey to develop local talent and help aspiring coaches in the area.

    It is also very encouraging that Rio-Osayomwanbo Corkill was called up by Nigeria as part of their World Cup qualification process and spotted through Instagram, which shows how powerful social media can be today.

    I believe that harnessing the power of social media could be an effective tool for coaches to recruit the best talents from around the world into their teams.

    Social media platforms like Instagram allow players to showcase their skills and get noticed by potential recruiters.

    It is an excellent way for coaches to gain insight into a player’s ability without visiting them in person and assessing their skills.

    I appreciate the commitment of Barrow boss Paul Crarey in developing local talent and offering them an opportunity to shine at his club.

    By doing this, he is providing young players with an invaluable platform to showcase their abilities and also helping build a strong team culture within the club.

    I think clubs should take similar steps by investing in local talent and creating opportunities for aspiring coaches from the area.

    This will help ensure that teams are competitive at all levels and create better pathways for talented individuals to pursue professional careers in sports.

    Overall, this is an excellent article that showcases the commitment of Paul Crarey and his club to develop local talent and create better opportunities for aspiring coaches.

    It is also a great example of how powerful social media can be when connecting players with potential recruiters.

    I am inspired by this article and encourage more clubs worldwide to take similar steps to ensure competitive teams at all levels.

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