12:01pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013
NEWPORT duo Joe Burke and Dalton Grant have left South Wales Scorpions to join Championship side Barrow Raiders.
The pair make the move to Cumbria to boost their career after being left out of the Wales World Cup squad.
They will be reunited with former Scorpions favourite Nathan Mossop as well as former coach Dave Clark, who is a development manager in the area.
Barrow boss Anthony Murray said: "They've both done excellently with South Wales. These are the type of players we want to be attracting at Barrow – young and with a little bit of experience under their belts. Hopefully they will be good additions."
Scorpions' chairman Phil Davies said: "We're disappointed to lose two fantastic players who have given their all for the club, but we know that we can't stand in their way as they progress up the rugby league ladder.
"I know both players were disappointed not to make the World Cup squad this year and playing at a higher level will certainly help them progress in their careers."
Grant was the Scorpions' top scorer last year with 18 tries in as many games while the Scorpions will be looking for a new captain following Burke's departure.
Grant said: "I'd just like to thank the fans that came to watch both home and away games for their dedication and support during my time at the Scorpions. And hope all the best for the Scorpions for the future.
Burke adds: "I'd like to thank all that have been involved with me at the Scorpions over the past four years, from coaches, players, staff, sponsors and the fans. The experience that I have gained has been brilliant and will help me on the next stage in my career."
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