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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Barrow are a good team but we have a better one, says Whitehaven loan ace

New loan signing Tom Hemingway is bidding to help Whitehaven achieve their promotion dream and will get his first chance to impress on live television tonight at Barrow (7pm).

Tom Hemingway photo
Tom Hemingway

The half-back struggled to break into Championship leaders Featherstone Rovers’ team amid stiff competition and was happy to join Haven for the rest of the season. He will feature at loose-forward tonight in a game shown on satellite channel Premier Sports.

“I couldn’t get in the team at Featherstone as they are playing so well and not losing,” the 25-year-old said.

“Whitehaven are really battling for promotion and I want to be involved in a team like that. I’m looking forward to this game, and it’s on Premier which helps. If I’m not going to be at Featherstone next year I need to be somewhere, and there are only six games left, plus the play-offs.”

The chance to play alongside ex-England international Jamie Rooney, a former Featherstone half-back, helped sway him to join Haven, despite interest from high-flying league leaders Workington Town.

“I thought this was the right move for me,” Hemingway said. “I knew Jamie played here and I wanted to play alongside him.”

Raiders need to win tonight to keep pace with Town and face Haven just four days after suffering only their second league defeat of the season at Doncaster.

“Barrow are a good team, but I think we have a better one,” Hemingway continued. “They got beat at the weekend and that will boost our confidence. We’ll try to give it to them like Doncaster did.”

Rooney and Carl Rudd have been outstanding for Haven in the halves, and coach Don Gailer believes a start at loose-forward will benefit Hemingway.

“Playing at 13 will give him a chance to look around and get used to see how we play,” Gailer said. “He will also have a bit of a free rein to put his brand on it as he sees fit.”

Hemingway is a former Huddersfield player, and Nathan Brown, when Giants coach, recommended him to Gailer.“I had his profile on my desk for a long time and it was good for someone like Browny to recommend him. When the opportunity came up, we jumped at it,” added Gailer.

Whitehaven: Bauer, Calvert, Fox, Parker, Wiper, Rudd, Rooney, Houghton, Sice, Cullnean, Beattie, Doran, Hemingway. Subs: Gee, Isakka, Varkulis, Wilson.

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