Whitehaven announce new deal for youngest player

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Whitehaven have announced forward Jake Bradley has signed a new deal for the 2022 season.

Bradley initially joined the club on trial ahead of the 2018 season, and became the youngest ever player to represent the club. He was just 16 years and 330 days old. The 20-year-old signed from amateur side Hensingham.

He then backed that up with a try on debut against Hemel Stags. Bradley then signed a permanent three-year deal with the club.

Since his debut, he has gone into the forwards and become an important part of the Whitehaven side.

He enjoyed a prolific season in 2021, scoring four tries. He scored in separate matches against Widnes Vikings, and others against Sheffield Eagles and York City Knights.

Bradley ready to go again for hometown club

Speaking about signing the new deal, Bradley said: “I’m ready to build on from last season and exited to see how we do this year mate and I’m also happy to  continue playing for my hometown club”

Head coach Jonty Gorley added: “I’m happy Jake has signed another deal to stay with us next season. He started to show that he’s ready for the challenge of the championship, especially at the back end of last year.

He proved he’s going to have a part to play in my squad next season. He’s turning out to be a good young front rower, his carries are strong and he’s got good footwork for a big lad.

“Jake is still learning his trade as a middle but if he carries on the way he improved last year, with him still being young, he’ll have a long and successful career at Whitehaven.”

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