Workington captain Ollie Wilkes to go around again

Workington captain Ollie Wilkes has signed a new deal for the 2019 season.

The 38-year-old front-rower hit a career milestone of 500 professional appearances earlier this month when representing Scotland at the European Championship.

Wilkes scooped the Most Influential Player, Shaun Weaver Player of the Year and the Coaches’ Player of the Year awards at the club’s end-of-season presentation night.

On re-signing for Town, Wilkes said: “I really enjoyed my time here this year.

“It’s a great club with great people. I couldn’t see myself moving on again and would love to sign off with the Town. It should be a great season and I can’t wait to get started.”

Town’s director of rugby Les Ashe commented: “Ollie was outstanding for us last season.

“He only missed one game all season and that’s only because we wanted to avoid the risk of him getting injured for a crucial game.

“He is a great leader on and off the pitch and brings his physicality to every game. To have a player of his experience is invaluable in this league because it’s a tough division with some great teams.

“We’re building a formidable pack with the lads we’ve already signed and we’re delighted Ollie loves it at Town and is going around again.”