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Barrow Raiders assistant Wright targets Super League

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Barrow Raiders assistant coach Nigel Wright believes the club are geared up for a switch to Super League when the new franchises are awarded in 2012.

Raiders have submitted an application to join European rugby league's elite, having qualified courtesy of their Championship Grand Final win in 2009.

"It where I want to be, and I think it's where this club deserves to be," Wright told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"With the players we've got, there's no reason that cannot be achieved."

Wright added: "Hopefully this year, the franchise system has given us an opportunity to apply, so I'm definitely looking forward to being a Super League coach this time next year."

The former Wakefield and Wigan half-back was forced to retire aged 24 through injury, but has remained involved with the sport through coaching stints with Warrington in Super League and down under at Penrith Panthers in the NRL.

"I live and breathe the game, I love the game, I've missed not been involved for the last eight or nine months, and I'm hungry to be successful," Wright said.

"To be successful you've got to win the matches, points will be scored, points will be conceded, but as long as we get the crowds back, it's an area where they thrive on their rugby league.

"Fast-flowing rugby league is the way forward, and that's what we intend to bring to Barrow."

Schofield brought in Wright as an assistant following his appointment as head coach at Craven Park in November 2010.

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