GARY Charlton is hoping to have the Recreation Ground buzzing next season ­— as his Whitehaven side prepare to take a tilt at the Betfred Championship.

Haven’s head coach Charlton said the club’s fans could be the key to their success next season, with their backing from the terraces.

Covid restrictions permitting, Haven hope to start their new league season at the end of February, with a welcome return for rugby league and hopefully supporters.

“We have got a great set of fans down at Whitehaven,” said Charlton.

“We just need a few more and if we can get more down through the turnstiles, then it would give the lads a real boost.

“I don’t think the fans realise how much influence they actually have on the team.

“When we are behind the eight-ball, with five minutes to spare and are defending for our lives, our fans can be worth their weight in gold to us.

“The fans here are absolutely brilliant.

“They are loud and they are proud and hopefully we will get a few more through the gate and we can kick on this season.”

Haven are back in training, preparing to go up against some tough teams in the Championship ­— but the club has put together a strong squad, with some new additions that should boost the ranks.

Among the new signings is familiar face Gregg McNally, alongside some Aussie imports in Lachlan Walmsley, Ryan King, Dean Zammit and Dylan Morris.

The club is also welcoming 20-year-old Kiwi, Nikau Williams and centre, Sean Croston, from Newcastle Thunder.

Season tickets for 2021 are now available from the club, they are priced at adults £190; concessions £160 and children £25 through membership of the Haven Junior Fan Club.