Squad Announcement – Barrow Raiders

Head Coach Craig Lingard has today named his first squad of the 2018 season ahead of Sunday’s opening pre-season fixture against Betfred Championship newboys, Barrow Raiders.

Linners has named a 20 man squad for the traditional friendly in Cumbria which will see no fewer than 9 of his 13 new signings feature in Cougars colours for the first time.

Trae O’Sullivan, who made his loan move permanent from Batley in September, is joined by fellow off-season recruits Lewis Fairhurst, Billy Gaylor, Harvey Hallas, Jose Kenga, Cameron Leeming, Joe Lumb, Liam Senior and Ryan Wright.

Reserves winger Calvin Barker is also named in the side following Scotland international Davey Dixon’s withdrawal from the side on Friday morning.

Keighley-born Prop Matt Ross will also feature in the first game of his month’s trial with the club after training with the first team throughout pre-season since his departure from Betfred League One rivals Hemel Stags.

From last season’s squad, Player of the Year Matthew Bailey is named in the side as is the 38 try left-side pairing of Andy Gabriel and Adam Ryder.

Other players selected from the 2017 side are Harry Aaronson, Hamish Barnes, Mike Emmett, Josh Lynam and Scotland Universities Captain Gavin Reed.

Captain Josh Tonks and the half-back pairing of Matty Beharrell and Benn Hardcastle don’t feature in Sunday’s squad and are expected to instead get their first runouts of 2018 next Sunday when Batley Bulldogs visit Cougar Park.

SQUAD TO FACE BARROW:
2 – Andy Gabriel
3 – Hamish Barnes
4 – Adam Ryder
10 – Trae O’Sullivan
11 – Josh Lynam
13 – Mike Emmett
14 – Joe Lumb
15 – Ryan Wright
16 – Harvey Hallas
17 – Cameron Leeming
19 – Matthew Bailey
20 – Lewis Fairhurst
22 – Liam Senior
24 – Gavin Reed
28 – Harry Aaronson
29 – Brad Nicholson
30 – Billy Gaylor
31 – Jose Kenga
BLANK – Calvin Barker
TRIALIST – Matt Ross

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