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Thursday, 28 August 2014

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Whitehaven RL youngster signs new one-year deal with club

In-demand prospect Danny Barker has repaid Whitehaven’s faith by staying loyal to the club and penning a new one-year contract.

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Danny Barker

The 21-year-old back-rower was one of Haven’s success stories in a dire season for the club, making 18 first-team appearances, culminating in a late drop-goal at Keighley in their penultimate game that ended a 13-match losing streak.

“They’ve been good to me since I was 13, through the scholarship and Academy, and gave me the chance to break in to the first-team last season,” Barker said.

“I had been given chances in the past and not taken them, but last year I got my act together.

“I needed to grow up and was at the stage where I made it in the first-team or wasn’t going to make it at all. I got my head down.

“It’s more about loyalty than anything else. I thought it was the right time to sign.”

Barker, from Maryport, spoke to Workington Town before penning his new deal and was made an offer.He admitted: “I was tempted but there are times when you have to put that to one side and look at your priorities.”

Haven have lost a handful of players since relegation and administration, but Barker is looking on the bright side.

“We have lost a couple of lads, but we may gain in other places,” he added. “We have a good Academy side coming through and there’s nothing to say those lads, given an opportunity, can’t take their chance.

“It will be tough next year with a nine-point deduction, but hopefully the lads will gel quickly, we can get a few wins under our belts and take it from there.”

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