Jake Moore, who left Whitehaven midway through the 2017 season, is going back to the Recreation Ground.

Because of limited opportunities first time round the former Wath Brow Hornets youngster asked for his release and joined Workington Town.

Moore was a member of the Town squad last season and was in the team which played Swinton in the final play-off game of the season.

But Moore, 22, sees the time being right for another opportunity to figure for his hometown club and has agreed a two-year deal at the Recreation Ground.

He had learned his early rugby at Wath Brow and then spent five years with Wigan, eventually featuring in their Academy side’s Grand Final victory over St Helens.

After re-signing Moore said: "I’m really happy to have signed for Whitehaven again as I like the sound of where the club is at now and how eager they are to sign local lads.

“The coaching staff have already made me feel really welcome along with the rest of the lads. I’m looking forward hopefully to having a successful two years with the club.”

Whitehaven coach Gary Charlton said: “We are very pleased to have got Jake back to the Recreation Ground as I feel that he has a lot of potential as a back-row forward.

“He’s local, has got talent and wants to play for us which is a very good combination. He’s also had a very good grounding in the sport with five years in the Wigan set up. We are all very pleased with the way the squad is taking shape and there are some exciting additions to come.”

But Charlton says they are working in the dark to some degree because they don’t know when the season is going to start.

“We just want to know when we are going to have our first competitive game and then we can fit in our warm-up games accordingly.

“Pre-season training will start at the beginning of December and we will be playing Workington Town and Barrow, plus one other. Those dates can be formed-up when we get to know the season’s start date,” he says.