Whitehaven have completed the signing of halfback Karl Dixon from NCL side Wath Brow Hornets for the 2020 season.
Dixon helped the Hornets finish 2019 as League Leaders in the NCL Premier. Though they went on to lose in the playoffs against runners up Thatto Heath Crusaders.
He concluded a brilliant year by going on a tour of New Zealand with the revamped England Community Lions, where he started every match.
Speaking about the move, he said: “It’ll be a challenge and a tough ask in the Championship, but I believe it’s the right time for me to step up and test myself.
“I’ve done everything I can in the amateur game and I’d like to thank Wath Brow and my coaches for that. I’m looking forward to it and I can’t wait for pre-season to start.”
Head coach Gary Charlton added: “I’ve watched Karl quite a lot playing for Wath Brow and I believe he is the best player in that position in the league.
“He’s got the ability to make that step up to the Championship as he has the right attitude and skills to do well.
“He’s a great signing for the club and the team. I’m delighted that he chose Whitehaven and I look forward to working with him.”