Aspinwall set to make 300th appearance

Barrow Raiders forward Martin Aspinwall is in line to make his 300th career appearance when they take on Coventry Bears on Sunday afternoon.

It is a special landmark for any player to reach and while he admits there have been many highlights over the last 16 seasons, one does stand out above all other.

“I have been fortunate to play with some world class players throughout my career and at the stadiums I have so I feel really privileged,” said Aspinwall.

“The biggest highlight was probably from 2006 when I was at Huddersfield. We played Leeds Rhinos in the Challenge Cup semi-final at Odsal.

“We were massive underdogs that day and Leeds were one of the form teams, but we actually beat them quite convincingly to get to the final at Twickenham.

“It was the first time in 30-odd years that Huddersfield had got to the final so that is one game that stands out the most and has been the highlight of my career so far.”

THE STATS: Aspinwall needs one appearance to reach 300 for his career. He has played five games for Barrow in 2016, and was previously with Leigh (36 games, 2013-2015), Swinton (three loan games, 2014), Hull FC (27 games, 2012), Castleford (19 games, 2011), Huddersfield (95 games, 2006-2010) and Wigan (109 games, 2001-2005).

He has also played representative games for England ‘A’ (3, 2003), Lancashire (1, 2003) and the Super League under-21s (1, 2001).