FYLDE Rugby Club have secured their fifth signing of the summer with the capture of Leeds Carnegie centre Scott Barrow.
The 31-year-old cut his rugby teeth with the St Helens RL Under-12 squad before joining the club’s academy, progressing through the ranks to the Super League side.
He also skippered Great Britain under-19s.
He switched to union in 2000 when he joined ambitious Worcester Warriors.
After a season-and-a-half at Sixways, he moved to Orrell and then to Glasgow Warriors, before joining Leeds Carnegie in 2008.
He made more than 50 Premiership appearances for the Headingly-based club in the two seasons between 2009-11, and another 16 in the Championship last season.
Barrow can also play at fly-half, wing or full-back.
He has been cutting his coaching teeth with Lancashire Under-20s, as an assistant to Fylde’s Paul Arnold.
Apart from joining Fylde’s first-team squad on July 1, Barrow will be leading the club’s community coaching programme.
Head coach Mark Nelson said: “Scott is a top-quality addition to the squad.
“He brings with him a lot of experience of the Premiership and the Championship, as well as his earlier RL achievements.
“We’ve been negotiating with him in recent weeks and I’m incredibly pleased that these have come to fruition – and that this includes coaching in the local community, too.”
Barrow said: “After 15 years as a full-time professional, I felt the time is right to look for new challenges.
“I’m excited to have this opportunity to join Fylde as a player, and in a development role.
“The Fylde officials I have met and spoken to on a number of occasions have been really helpful in getting the best for both parties.
“My development role at the club is one that has a great foundation in place.
“I hope to build on this and make a major contribution to Fylde Rugby Club and local community.”
Barrow is Fylde’s fifth major signing during the close season.
Fly-half Chris Johnson, prop Dan Birchall, lock Roger Banks and flanker Ben Vernon have also signed in recent weeks.