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Hamish Barnes

PROFILE:

Hamish Barnes re-joined the Keighley Cougars in May 2017 following a brief spell with the Dewsbury Rams.

A product of Halifax based amateur outfit Boothtown Terriers, Barnes initally joined the Cougars Reserves team ahead of the 2015 season after being scouted by Boothtown teammate and Cougars Reserves Coach Scott Lindsey.

Two impressive performances followed and Paul March signed Hamish to a first team deal and awarded him his first team debut that same week as the centre scored two tries in a Man of the Match display against Hemel Stags.

Barnes would cement his place as a first team regular and as a result was awarded a new deal for the 2016 season and a first international call-up with Jamaica for the 2017 World Cup Qualifiers against the United States and Canada.

2016 saw Hamish come flying out of the traps, scoring 14 tries to race to the top of the tryscoring charts before sustaining an injury in a home victory over Hemel that would see him ruled out for a number of months.

Despite not hitting the heights of the early season post injury, Barnes won the club’s Rising Star award for Young Player of the Year and soon departed to be join his international coach Glenn Morrison at the Dewsbury Rams.

Following a bright start to life at the Tetley’s Stadium personally, the Rams failed to perform and as a result Morrison was sacked. Hamish fell out of favour with new coach Neil Kelly and soon found himself returning to Cougar Park for a £1,200 transfer fee.