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“I decided that I wanted to be a part of that.”: Oliver Wilkes signed a one-year deal with Workington

BARROW Raiders captain Oliver Wilkes has thrown his hat in to aid Workington Town's League 1 campaign.

The former Scottish international signed a one-year deal with Workington this week.

Oliver Wilkes signs for Town watched by club chairman Garry Mounsey Picture: Gary McKeating

And Wilkes, who skippered Barrow to promotion last term, says he would love to emulate the feat with Town in 2018.

"I thought I was going to finish my career at Barrow but after negotiations and prospects of work up the coast with my employer Jacobs, things changed," said Wilkes.

"Town are an ambitious club, steeped in history and the recruitment of Leon Pryce, who I have known for a lot of years, showed their ambition.

"I decided that I wanted to be a part of that."

Despite being 37, Wilkes feels he still has a lot to offer in the game and especially at this level.

And he says he knows exactly what it takes to help Town climb back up the league ladder.

He added: "Over the years I have been promoted several times so I'm no stranger to it and what it takes.

"I'm getting older but I am there to do a job and I will work my socks off to do the best I can for Workington."

Wilkes has plenty of experience in the game, with spells at Wigan, Widnes, Huddersfield, Wakefield and Leigh Centurions.

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And that knowledge of the game will make him crucial to the development of some of Town's younger players.

He added: "That was part of my role at Barrow, to help on and off the field and with the development of younger players, especially improving their all-round game.

"Hopefully I can do that working alongside Leon Pryce and bring on some of the younger lads and make the into a force for the future."

The prop or second row will join his former Barrow team-mate Andrew Dawson in the Town pack, who signed earlier this week.



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