Workington Town have swooped to sign full-back Ryan Fieldhouse from Cumbrian rivals Barrow on a two-year-deal.
Formerly of Halifax, 30-year-old Fieldhouse was with the Raiders for three years and has dropped down to Betfred League One despite interest from Championship clubs – believed to include teams other than Barrow. After making 27 appearances for Paul Crarey’s men in the second tier in 2018, Fieldhouse helped the club to a tenth-placed finish in their first year back in the Championship after promotion in 2017.
After sealing his move to Leon Pryce’s Workington, Fieldhouse admitted that it was an opportunity he couldn’t turn down. “I was approached by a number of Championship clubs but when Town approached me and I spoke with the coaches about the team they were putting together I jumped at the chance,” he told Town’s official website. Reflecting on his time with the Raiders, he thanked them for an enjoyable part of his career. “I had 3 great years at Barrow winning promotion and playing in a great team.”
After Workington fell one game short of promotion to the second tier, losing to Bradford Bulls in the League One promotion play-off final in October, former Bull Pryce will be hoping to guide Town to the second tier in just his second campaign as a head coach in 2019.