Whitehaven say they have beaten off competition in the UK and Australia to sign utility back Josh Martin.
Martin, 20, will move to the Recre on a 12-month deal and follows the Cumbrian club’s recent success in recruiting from Down Under.
Coach Jonty Gorley said: “We were on the lookout for an outside back that could cover the back 5 . An agent from Australia, John Taulaga, got in touch with us regarding a young kid called Josh Martin.
“He sent some clips over of Josh and immediately liked what I saw.
“Josh is 20-year old and looks like a good player. He’s athletic and his balance is good which makes him hard to tackle when he is carrying the ball.
“He also looks great in the air, which is a positive attacking wise and defensively.
“When I spoke to Josh and his parents they were all really keen for him to come to us and enjoy the experience in the UK and hopefully he can forge a good career on the back of coming here.
“I really think Josh can be a surprise package for us and I can’t wait to see him play.”
Winger Lachlan Walmsley impressed at Whitehaven last season and has since moved to Championship rivals Halifax.
Whitehaven went on a remarkable run at the end of the 2021 season to reach the play-offs against all the odds.
Beating off competition
Martin played for Illawarra 20s and recently Thirroul Butchers.
Whitehaven director Ashley Kilpatrick added: “I’m thrilled to have Josh on board. He’s a young lad looking for an opportunity to play here in the UK and to make a name for himself.
“Josh offers Jonty versatility as he can play anywhere in the back line and is a goal kicker.
“Josh had a few offers back home and a few here. So we’re delighted he believes that we are the club to help develop him over these next 12 months.
“Having spoke to Josh for a number of months he’s keen to come here and prove himself he’s a humble young lad he’s also very grateful for this chance to come here.”
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