BARROW Raiders have bolstered their backline ahead of the 2024 Betfred Championship season by announcing the signing of centre Matty Costello on a 12-month deal.

The 25-year-old joins following his departure from Salford Red Devils where he had spent the last three seasons.

“I’m excited," Costello told the club website. "There’s a real community feel to this club and I’m excited to have the pressure of playing not just for the Raiders, but the whole town. Hopefully we’ll be bringing some great days to the Raiders fans in 2024, in front of a packed out MJPS.

“Personally, I’ll be looking to being my best rugby to the Raiders and lead by example with whatever we do here. We need to work hard in pre-season to put our best foot forward and push for a top six finish next year.”

Costello is no stranger to Barrow having enjoyed a short stint on loan during the 2022 season where he made six appearances and scored on his debut in a 44-4 home win to Widnes.

He added: “I didn’t spend a great deal of time here last time, but I really enjoyed it. Cresta, Andy Gaffney and all the lads made it easy to settle in straight away, and I enjoyed the expansive style that is played here.

The centre made his breakthrough at St Helens making 26 appearances for the first team between 2018 and 2020, whilst also enjoying loan spells at Sheffield and Leigh.  

Head Coach Paul Crarey said: “It’s fantastic news for the club, and a great boost to everyone, that Matty Costello has agreed to join us.

“Matty knows the club well, having played on loan last season and really enjoyed his time here.

“This was a major factor in him coming here. He was offered more money elsewhere but has decided to join us. Matty has a great attitude, and we look forward to him playing for us next season.”

Director of rugby Andy Gaffney said: “This is a deal we’ve been working really hard to secure in the last few weeks, and it’s fantastic to finally get the signing over the line.

“From his short spell at the club last season, we got a small glimpse of exactly what he’s about. He has pace, strength and tenacity, both in attack and defence.

“To get a player of proven Super League quality is really pleasing as we look to consolidate our status in this division and really try to kick on next year.”