Workington Town star Gordon Maudling has committed his future to the club with an extended deal.

The second-row forward has put pen to paper on a two-year extension to his existing contract, keeping him at Derwent Park until the end of the 2021 season.

And club officials are delighted that the strong running former cross-code amateur sees his immediate future with Workington.

Director of rugby Gary Murdock said: “Gordon was signed after fellow director Les Ashe had been given the recommendation from Hensingham stalwart Howard Hill.

“Les went to watch him at Hensingham and St Benedict’s and was so impressed an offer was made almost immediately.

“He is a big strong, physical handful on the pitch and brilliant to have at the club.

“He’s a joker but plays it straight on the pitch.

“He came back from a terrible injury sustained against Bradford last year which showed his grit, determination and will to get back playing.”

Murdock added that tying Maudling to a longer term deal is part of the club’s long-term strategy to keep a team together.

And it is a great boost for the club ahead of a tough fourth round Coral Challenge Cup tie with Newcastle Thunder on Sunday at Derwent Park, ko 3pm.

He added: “Our aim is to sign players on longer term deals as it gives them and the club stability.

“Gordon has been a pleasure to deal with and we’re delighted that he’ll be with us until the end of the 2021 season.”