Wakefield Trinity hooker Josh Wood explains why he is joining Barrow Raiders

Wakefield Trinity hooker Josh Wood has joined newly-promoted Championship club Barrow Raiders and says he is looking forward to reverting to part-time rugby.

Wood, 25, has been with Trinity for the last two seasons after joining from Salford Red Devils.

However, he missed much of this campaign with a hamstring issue and he follows fellow hooker Kyle Wood out of Belle Vue.

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Wakefield have signed Leigh Centurions No9 Liam Hood for 2022 to add to impressive youngster Brad Walker and Wood will now take up a deal with League 1 champions Barrow.

“It’s a complete different change for me going part-time but it’s something I feel is needed after a big injury last year and I’m excited for it,” he said.

“My partner and I are having our first child in December as well, so being able to spend more time with them both will be great.

“Me and my agent spoke to a few big Championship clubs, but when I spoke to (players director) Andy (Gaffney) we got on really well and his ambitions for the club next year are something that excited me.

“I’ve also spoken to a few of the lads that are there and they have nothing but good things to say about the club so I feel it’s a good move for me.

Wakefield Trinity hooker Josh Wood will play part-time next year with Barrow Raiders (ALEX WHITEHEAD/SWPIX)

“I’m looking forward to putting last year behind me and getting ripped into 2022 with the lads.”

Barrow head coach Paul Crarey said: “Josh is an all-action nine with Super League experience.

“He is a fearless defender and distributor and can also play in the halves.

“Josh comes with big wraps from former team-mates and coaches regarding attitude and application and we are delighted to have secured his signature.”