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Garry Schofield named as new Barrow Raiders coach

Garry Schofield
Schofield's coaching career lasted just 13 games at Huddersfield in 1998

Barrow Raiders have appointed former Great Britain skipper Garry Schofield as their new coach.

Schofield, 45, will work alongside former Wigan stand-off Nigel Wright, who has been appointed his assistant.

Barrow chairman Des Johnston told BBC Radio Cumbria: "I spent hours on the phone with both of them and they are a breath of fresh air.

"There were a lot of good candidates but Garry and Nigel just had something extra. It was a gut feeling."

Former Hull and Leeds favourite Schofield, who with Mick Sullivan jointly holds the record for most Great Britain appearances with 46, succeeds Steve McCormack, who resigned for personal reasons in August.

His only previous coaching experience at professional club level was with Huddersfield in their debut Super League season in 1998.

He has recently had a spell coaching in South Africa along with a brief spell with the BARLA Young Lions this summer.

Schofield said: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with a club and group of players which is up there with the best outside of Super League.

"Nigel and I go back a long way and, although I feel we both have a lot to offer individually, as a partnership we will offer much more."

Barrow, who finished fourth in this season's Championship, are one of five clubs eligible to apply for a Super League licence next year, courtesy of their 2009 Grand Final win.

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