Thompson makes Whitehaven move permanent

Dave Thompson in action for Warrington Wolves Reserves in 2016

Winger Dave Thompson has signed a permanent deal with Whitehaven for the 2018 season.

Thompson is naturally a winger but even played at second-row and at centre for Haven in the 2017 season, scoring five tries in 17 games while on loan from Leigh Centurions.

He made his debut in the chocolate, blue and gold in the opening game of the League 1 season away at South Wales Scorpions.

The youngster came through the famous Wigan Warriors Academy before making switch to Warrington Wolves to play in their Reserves system.

Thompson then spent time playing three Super League games for Hull KR in 2016 before moving to Leigh ahead of the 2017 season, where he made one appearance.

And the strong-runner is looking forward to getting stuck in again at the Recreation Ground.

He said: “I am honoured to have signed back with Whitehaven.

“I can’t wait for the season to start and get back out there and help Whitehaven to promotion where they belong.”

And Haven head coach Carl Forster believes Thompson will be a great addition to the squad.

Forster said: “It’s great to get Dave signed.

“He showed in spells what he can do for us last season and with a full pre-season under his belt and getting regular game time, he will be a great player for us.”

Haven have already confirmed two pre-season fixtures ahead of the new season. They welcome Swinton Lions to the Recreation Ground on Sunday 21 January at 3pm and a week later, they will travel to Craven Park to face Barrow Raiders, 2pm kick-off.