Cumbrian Championship duo make temporary switch permanent 

Ben Olawumi

Perry Singleton and Glenn Riley have both found new permanent homes across Cumbria, relocating to Whitehaven and Workington Town in the Championship respectively.

Initially, the pair switched between the two clubs on a one-month loan deal. However, with both having impressed at their new clubs, the two deals have become permanent.

Ex-Warrington Wolves man Riley is a prop forward and will now ply his trade at Derwent Park for Workington.

Loose forward Singleton – brother of Wigan Warriors’ Brad – meanwhile will feature at Haven’s LEL Arena. He plays as a loose forward, admired highly by new boss Jonty Gorley.

“I jumped at the chance to take Perry on loan for a month,” said Gorley, also a part-time welder.

“Pez has just enhanced the way I feel about him and what I already knew he would bring to Whitehaven. I didn’t need a month to make up my mind, so I’ve decided to sign him for the rest of the season.

“He will be a great addition for us and with the injury crisis we are going through, this frees up a place for another loan player. We are only allowed five at any one time.

“Pez will add another experienced head to our squad along with his aggressive defensive style and his utility value.”

Gorley’s Haven side sit in 11th in the Championship table. They have won three of 12 games so far this year and tomorrow host Batley Bulldogs.

Riley and his Workington teammates also play hosts to mark the Queen’s Jubilee, welcoming the side from the capital. Still looking for their own first win, bottom of the table Town host second-bottom London Broncos. Both occupy the two relegation spots.

Elsewhere in the Championship

At the other end of the second division, Leigh have re-loaned James McDonnell. The England Knights international has scored two tries for the Centurions so far this year.

Again borrowed from Super League neighbours Wigan Warriors, the centre will be in contention for Leigh’s trip to Cumbria. Adrian Lam’s side head to Barrow Raiders tomorrow afternoon.

McDonnell, 22, recently featured for the Warriors against Huddersfield Giants in Super League. He also watched on from the stands as Leigh lifted the 1895 Cup last weekend with Wigan also winning the Challenge Cup.

Leythers boss Lam also today confirmed the club’s interest in Warrington winger Josh Charnley.

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