Salford Red Devils have agreed a dual-registration deal with Championship outfit Barrow Raiders – in a move that was mooted by head coach Bobbie Goulding last week.
The newly appointed Raiders coach tweeted that he had met with Devils owner Marwan Koukash with a view to striking up a deal – and that has today been confirmed.
It means the Raiders – who are currently languishing in the Championship relegation places – will be able to call upon Red Devils stars who are not getting enough action, at the discretion of new head coach Iestyn Harris.
In a statement, Raiders chairman David Sharpe said: “Barrow Raiders are pleased to announce that they have entered a dual-registration partnership with Salford Reds.
“As a club we need to use every means available to us to secure our place in the top nine this season. We cannot afford to buy the quality of player we need to secure a top-nine finish and dual-registration allows us to do this.
“We have also suffered a high level of injuries to key players and dual-registration will allow us to field a strong, competitive team. We are an ambitious club and have done incredibly well to come through a very difficult time off the field.
“As we have to be very conscious of our budgets, dual-registration allows us to move forward and compete at a higher level without damaging our budget restraints.
“We look forward to a close and successful relationship with Salford that will allow the club the best opportunity to remain in the Championship next year under the guidance of our coach, Bobbie Goulding.”