Two new arrivals at Workington as one player departs

Drew Darbyshire
Oscar Thomas will move to Workington

Workington have made a double signing ahead of the 2022 Championship season, while one player has left the club.

Scotland international Oscar Thomas joined Town ahead of their return to the second division. The 27-year-old half-back has won 11 caps for Scotland and will be hoping to play in his second World Cup next autumn.

Workington coach Chris Thorman said: “Oscar is someone I’ve been aware of for quite a while now.

“He’s a very talented individual and can cover a number of positions. I feel that with some investment from our coaching department and also some buy in from him on our key principles. He has the ability to be very successful at Town.”

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Town have signed former Wigan and St Helens youngster John Hutchings. He spent last season on loan with Town but has now made the move permanent.

Thorman said: “John offers us great versatility whether in the pack or in the outside-backs. I genuinely believe if he has a good pre-0season we’ll be seeing John featuring in our matchday 17 on a regular basis.”

Meanwhile, Workington have confirmed that Blain Marwood has made the decision to leave the club for a return to the community game.

A club statement read: “We’d like to thank Blain for all of his efforts in the blue and white. He’s been a fantastic part of our club over the last few seasons.”

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Elsewhere in the Championship: Leigh snap up Papua New Guinea star

Rhyse Martin, Justin Olam and Nene Macdonald in action for Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea’s (L-R) Rhys Martin, Justin Olam and Nene Macdonald celebrate defeating Ireland in the Rugby League World Cup match at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Sunday, November 5, 2017

Leigh have signed Papua New Guinea international Nene Macdonald ahead of the 2022 Championship season.

The 27-year-old centre or winger has made almost 100 NRL appearances for Sydney Roosters, Gold Coast Titans, St George Illawarra Dragons, North Queensland Cowboys and Cronulla Sharks.

Macdonald has won nine caps for his native Papua New Guinea. He is hoping to play in his World Cup next autumn.

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