New Barrow signing Carl Forster has revealed the factors behind his decision to quit the Championship for League 1.

Forster played a key role for Whitehaven as they earned promotion to the second tier, but the former player-coach rejected the offer of a new deal to sign for Barrow, who themselves were relegated last year.

Speaking exclusively to RL News Magazine’s Jordan Weir, Forster explained why he decided to move to the Raiders.

He said: “I have cut my travelling down at least two hours each training session and I already knew a few lads there that spoke really highly of the club.

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“I’ve much respect for Cresta [Paul Crarey], we had some good battles as coaches and I’m hoping to learn from him.

“I won’t lie, I really miss the coaching, but I’ve grown to accept that I’m just part of the playing group.

“I need to keep learning from different people and hopefully in the future I can use for my benefit.”

And though he has already experienced no shortage of adversity as a player and a coach, including chronic financial issues during his spell in charge of ‘Have, Forster admits that 2020 could represent his toughest challenge to date.

“I do believe the league will be a lot stronger this year.

“A lot of teams have invested well, Newcastle look really strong and Doncaster have pulled off some real impressive signings, so it’s going to be an interesting year.

“But our aim should be to be right up there and hopefully that’s exactly where we’ll be.”

Click here to read Weir’s full interview with Carl Forster in RL News Magazine.