Pair commit to Whitehaven for 2019

Whitehaven have signed Jake Moore and Sam Dowsett ahead of the 2019 season.

Moore returns to the Recreation Ground for his second spell with Haven after leaving the club midway through the 2017 season to join Workington Town.

The back-rower of centre came through the Wigan Warriors academy system and is a former England Academy international.

On his return to Whitehaven, Moore said: “I’m really happy to have signed at Whitehaven, I like the sound of where the club is at now and how eager they are to sign local lads.

“The coaching staff have already made me feel really welcome along with the rest of the lads. I’m looking forward to hopefully having a successful two years down at the Recre.”

Haven coach Gary Charlton commented: “Jake is an up and coming back-row forward that can play front-row as well.

“He comes out of the Wigan club, so he will have all the skills to go with the right attitude. We are really looking for Jake to really progress this year and take his game to the next level. We are really pleased to have Jake on board, he has great potential to do well in this game.”

Meanwhile, Dowsett joins the League 1 side from National Conference outfit Askam.

The former Workington Town hooker left the semi-professional ranks in 2017 due to work commitments, but is set to return in 2019.

On joining Haven, Dowsett said: “I’m really looking forward to this year after signing with Whitehaven.

“The direction Whitehaven are heading towards make it an exciting year for the club and I can’t wait to be a part of it.

“I would like to thank the coaches and lads at Askam ARLFC for this year I’ve had, getting me back into it after a difficult spell at Workington.

“I’d also like to thank Whitehaven for giving me the opportunity to test myself again at a professional level. I can’t wait to get going in pre-season and get ready for the start of the year.”

Whitehaven head coach Jonty Gorley added: “It’s great to have Sam on board with us at Haven, he’s the type of player every coach wants in his squad.

“His willingness to learn how to be a good nine is very encouraging, he is already at a standard where he can hold his own.

“I coached Sam at Workington and I honestly don’t think he knows how good he can be. Work commitments ended his spell at Town but that’s changed now, so I jumped at the chance to get to him to Whitehaven.”