Whitehaven sign former Wigan centre James Worthington

Drew Darbyshire

Whitehaven have signed former Wigan youngster James Worthington ahead of the 2021 campaign.

The 21-year-old centre scored two tries on his Wigan debut in 2017 and spent time on loan at Toulouse, London Skolars, Swinton, Rochdale and Workington before joining Oldham last year.

Whitehaven have also announced that Sam Forrester and David Thompson have left the club to pursue opportunities outside of the game.

Whitehaven coach Gary Charlton said: “I’m gutted that Sam has left us, but having had a few conversations with him I totally understand why he chose to call it a day with rugby league.

“Among other things, Sam has a long standing neck complaint which is still causing him some concern. Having known Sam since he was my neighbour as a three or four-year old, I would like to think I know his temperament well enough to realise that he has other priorities above rugby league at the moment.

“Sam has been great for the club, a popular lad among the players and coaches alike and always gave his best on the pitch, excelling at full-back or in the halves. We would have dearly loved to have kept Sam but he leaves with our thorough best wishes and thanks.”

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