Wigan snap up Barrow star Joe Bullock

Drew Darbyshire

Wigan have signed Barrow front-rower Joe Bullock on a three-year deal from the 2019 season.

The 25-year-old has been a standout forward in the Championship this season and will link up with his new team-mates in pre-season.

Bullock, who came through the Warriors Academy before moving to Leigh Centurions, has impressed at Barrow, where he was nominated for League 1 Player of the Year in 2017.

On signing for Wigan, Bullock said: “I’m really excited to be joining Wigan Warriors.

“I’m looking forward to getting stuck into training with the rest of the squad and seeing what the future will bring at this amazing club.”

Warriors executive director Kris Radlinski said: “Joe is an explosive, hard-running front-row forward who has developed and proven himself in the Championship.

“He’s played in the lower leagues which is always a great apprenticeship for a prop forward, so we think he’ll bring an edge and physicality to our front-row options next season.

“He’s had another impressive season for Barrow, so we firmly believe that he is ready to take the step-up to Super League level and we’re excited to offer him the opportunity to do so.

“There was significant interest in securing his signature, so we’re delighted that he’ll be part of our squad next season and we’d like to thank Barrow Raiders and Steven Neale in particular for their cooperation throughout this process.”