Anthony Bate and Craig Briscoe: Barrow sign released Leigh duo

Anthony Bate (right) celebrates with Sean Penkywicz
Anthony Bate has joined Barrow after he and team-mate Craig Briscoe were released by parent club Leigh

Barrow Raiders have signed forwards Anthony Bate and Craig Briscoe on a permanent basis after Leigh Centurions agreed to release them from contract.

Second-rowers Bate, 23, and Briscoe, 22, had been on loan at Craven Park, and made 13 and 12 appearances apiece so far this season.

The duo will also be joined in Paul Crarey's Raiders squad by back-rower Jamie Tracey, 21, who joins on loan.

He will remain at Barrow until the end of the 2015 League One season.