Raiders seeking payback for Amean

Barrow Raiders  coach Paul Crarey is happy to let others at the club focus on matters surrounding the future of centre Stargroth Amean.
The Papua New Guinea international stated his intent not to return to the club last month due to family issues back home, but it has since been reported he is set to sign for the PNG Hunters to play in the Queensland Cup.
As the 28-year-old still had a contract with the Raiders, they feel they are due to be compensated if he signs elsewhere.
“My job is to coach on the field and things like that come down to the club to sort out,” said Crarey.
“But we have been paying him a wage since December, we let him have extended time over there after the internationals, and we paid for his flight to come back over.
“So for him to then contact us and say he wasn’t coming back isn’t really acceptable to me.
“We do still hold his registration, so if he does want to play for the Hunters a fee will need to be agreed.
“It’s an awkward situation and we’ve now lost a key player at a crucial time of the year.
“We’re an honest club and have fulfilled our obligations, so we’d just like a little something back in return. It’s about compensating us for the money we’ve paid out to bring him back.
“An easy solution would be to just pay the money back and we can all move on.”
Crarey also confirmed Jarrad Stack and Jake Carter picked up injuries in the pre-season game against Workington.
“Jarrad has needed a minor clear out of his knee, but we got him in for that on Tuesday so he’ll probably be back with us in three to four weeks,” said Crarey.
“Jake has sprung his shoulder so he might be out for three to five weeks, depending how that settles down.”
The club has also confirmed that Tom Hopkins and Mark Tyson, who were two of the amateur players training with the club on dual-registration, have impressed enough in pre-season to earn professional contracts for 2020.