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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Two-year deal reward for loyal Crellin

LOYAL Bradd Crellin asked for a new two-year deal at Whitehaven – and in a show of faith in the improving back-rower, the club agreed to his request.

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Whitehaven’s Bradd Crellin

The 23-year-old made 13 appearances this year, scoring against champs Doncaster in March. And chief executive Barry Richardson reckons there is more to come from the Cumbrian.

“Bradd is very highly-regarded by other players and coaching staff, and he was really keen to show his commitment to the club,” said Richardson.

“With a good pre-season he is capable of making a first-team place his own next year.”

Crellin has been at the Recre since he joined their scholarship scheme at 13 and was delighted with the club’s stance over his new deal.

“I wanted at least two years and asked for it, and when I got it I was over the moon,” Crellin said. “I like being at the club and wanted to cement my time there.”

Crellin started three of the opening four games of last season at loose-forward, but his appearances then became sporadic before he returned in the second-row for the last three games of the season, including the 26-2 play-off defeat on a heavy pitch at Workington that ended their season.

“I enjoyed the first half of the season at loose-forward, where I wanted to play,” he continued. “But then I was dropped and didn’t really get a reason why, which affected my confidence a bit. I struggled to get back in, though I played the last few games.

“I thought we would get to the Grand Final and we were confident in the week leading up to the Workington game. It was just one of those days.

“The weather suited them down to the ground and the way they play, and their forwards got on top.”

Crellin is happy that pack-mate Dave Houghton has also penned a two-year deal after a superb debut season at the Recre.

“Paul Cullnean and Lee Doran played well, but Dave Houghton was the stand-out player for me,” he continued.

“He does everything right and is consistent in every game. He is the same age as me, and to be playing so well, he’s a big one for the future.”

Winger Craig Calvert has also signed a two-year contract, taking him through his testimonial season at the club.

He joined Haven from Wath Brow Hornets in 2004 and was an immediate hit in the pro ranks. But Richardson reckons he is a much-improved player these days.

“His all-round game has grown over the years, and he had an outstanding season,” said Richardson. “Craig has been an excellent signing for the club and there’s still more to come.”

Calvert scored 26 tries in 24 appearances last term, including three hat-tricks and a four-timer against South Wales.

He must apply to the RFL for a testimonial for 2014, though after completing a decade’s unbroken service.

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