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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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World Cup dreams of Haven signing

NEW Aussie recruit James Cameron is hoping a successful season with Whitehaven will pave the way for a crack at the World Cup with Italy.

The 24-year-old, who touched down at the Recre on Friday, qualifies to play for Italy through his mum and is targeting a place in the huge end-of-season tournament.

“There’s a big opportunity over here with Super League and the World Cup coming up,” he said. “It’s definitely something to look at.

“It’s just about having a good season, being successful and hopefully being looked at. It would be an honour to play for Italy. My family would be really proud, especially on the Italian side.

“It would be a door opening to the world stage. There are people in that team who as a kid I looked up to.”

Cameron has featured in a couple of training sessions since his arrival and will play in Haven’s opening pre-season friendly against visitors Gateshead Thunder on Sunday (3pm).

“Everyone has been very welcoming, especially at the club,” he added. “They have been there for me and stuck their necks out pretty far to help me with a lot of things. The welcome has meant a lot.”

Haven recently signed a partnership agreement with Super League giants St Helens which will lead to extensive co-operation between the clubs, and Cameron hopes in time to catch the eye of the top-flight outfit’s new boss Nathan Brown.

“Hopefully we can make it to the play-offs and if I and the club have a successful season, hopefully more will come from that,” he said.

“We are affiliated to St Helens and hopefully if I play well enough to get noticed by Nathan Brown, he’ll have a look at me. There’s always that chance.”

Cameron is comfortable at full-back, though centre is his favourite position.

“I can defend and attack from there and be a bit more dominant. It’s the best of both worlds,” he continued, while also stressing he will play wherever required by the club.

Haven are offering free entry to kids aged 15 and under for Sunday’s game, while entry will cost £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

Meanwhile, tickets for the club’s launch night on Saturday week are selling fast.

Fans’ group Haven Horizon will present the launch in their first public event, and it will form part of an Evening with Legends night.

There will also be an opportunity for fans to meet the players, and coach Dave Woods will take part in a question and answer session. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children. Haven’s new away strip will also be unveiled on the night.

Haven Pride of Five £100 winners for the past three weeks are: Ken Burns, Meadow View, Whitehaven, with ticket number 100; Curtis Robinson, Central Road, Kells, 2,371; B Gaythwaite, Mill Hill, Cleator Moor, 1,800; Janet Cameron, Kersey Road, Thornhill, 3,625; S Bridges, Rowrah Road, Rowrah, 3,851;

M Smith, Foundry Road, Parton, 2,863; Alayne Cowling, Elizabeth Street, Workington, 728; C Hardy, Caldbeck Road, Red Lonning, 3,361; Antionette Powe, Genesis, Whitehaven; H Haywood, New Street, Whitehaven, 742;

Bill Whitehead, The Rowans, Egremont, 3,539; Alan Kelly, Hugh Street, Bransty, 939; K Brown, Balmoral Road, Fairfield, 935; David Lilley, Haig Avenue, Bransty, 1,554; A Jones, Yewbank Lane, High Meadows; 2,100.

The Haven Pride of Five £5,000 Christmas draw winner was Dora Brereton from Cleator Moor. She received the cheque from Haven players Carl Sice and Paul Cullnean, and collector Harry Grundill.

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