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The Shipbuilders
17 Oct 16 08:22
Date Joined: 17 Jun 09
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“PAUL Crarey has revealed several Barrow Raiders squad members have opted to take pay cuts to allow the club to strengthen ahead of the 2017 season.

With four players leaving following the conclusion of the 2016 campaign, Raiders have moved quickly to make high-profile signings in the form of Lewis Charnock and Jarrad Stack.

But missing out on promotion from Kingstone Press League One means no significant increase in the wage budget and head coach Crarey is impressed with the understanding shown by the players already with the club to allow them to strengthen the team.

“We’ve spoken to other players who were on the option of a two-year deal who have taken cuts in the contract money so other players can come in,” said Crarey.

“We didn’t get promoted – that was our aim – but with Toulouse and now with Toronto coming in, it’s very difficult and leaves just one slot and you need a bit of luck to go up.

“We missed out on that, but the lads here are pretty genuine and understanding that if we haven’t gone up, the budget is going to be a bit different.

“It’s not like football, where you can make masses of money, it’s a hobby to these kids.”

The overall wage structure at the club remains unchanged, with the younger players on pay-as-you-play deals, the senior members of the squad on part-time contracts and those who travel from outside of the area getting more to cover their expenses.

But while senior contracted players have agreed to take a slight drop in pay, Crarey was quick to point out they have not been lavishing money on the likes of Charnock and Stack – both of whom fall well within the budget for 2017.

“The senior players who are probably on the contract money, a lot of them we’ve spoken to have taken cuts and that’s allowed us to bring Jarrad in – who, by the way, didn’t want a lot of money to come here,” said Crarey.

“He was well within our budget, other people we’ve spoken to are well within  our budget and we won’t spend outside of that, but we will talk to players to get people in.

“One player can’t play on their own, it’s about everybody mucking in and we’ve really got family values here as a group and a club. We’re cutting our cloth accordingly and to get all of the people in who are high-quality players bodes well for the club.”

Crarey is continuing to negotiate with potential new recruits and those current squad members whose deals the Raiders wish to renew along with joint-directors of rugby Andy Gaffney and Mike Sunderland.”
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