Barrow Raiders have announced the re-signing of Jarrod Sammut on a new one-year deal, which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2023 season.
There has been much speculation as to whether the 35-year-old influential half-back would be staying in south Cumbria so his decision to stay has been welcomed by the fans and club officials
In total, the Maltese international has scored 20 tries in 25 appearances in all competitions, landing 45 goals since he joined the club ahead of the current season.
He has played a key role in Barrow’s successful run to the play-offs, and on his decision to stay, Sammut said: “It really puts the mind at ease, knowing that your future is secure. It allows me now to focus on finishing the season strongly with the Raiders.
“The style of play that Paul wants is quite free-flowing, and with the squad that we’ve got – myself, Hakim Miloudi and Tee Ritson – we’ve had a lot of joy coming from that type of rugby.
“It’s been evident that we’ve enjoyed our season so far. It’s been a great year, but we’ve got to try and end it on a high.”
Barrow Raiders chairman Steve Neale said: “We are absolutely delighted to secure the signing of Jarrod Sammut. He has been pivotal in our success this season and has produced many memorable moments that have swung games in our direction.
“He continues to be an exceptional talent at the latter end of his career, and has attracted a lot of interest from elsewhere.
“The 2023 season promises to be another great chapter in the club’s history.”
Director of rugby Andy Gaffney added: “Jarrod had a lot of interest from other clubs, so to have him commit to Barrow for another season is a massive boost for us.
“He has really shown us what he is all about, and all the tries he has scored proves what an all-round maverick he can be.
“I’m sure the supporters will be looking forward to watching Jarrod again next season. He’s one of the most exciting players in our game.”
Barrow had revealed earlier in the week that centre Hakim Milousi was returning to France to be nearer his family and wouldn’t be returning next season.
So with Sammut now staying, a lot of attention will fall on Tee Ritson, Barrow’s speedster winger who is the Championship’s top try scorer with 26 touchdowns and has been linked with a move to a Super League club.
Barrow, however, remain hopeful that he will not be prised away as he is on a three year contract and reported to be well-settled at the club.