Whitehaven RLFC have bolstered their squad with the return of a familiar face.

Louis Jouffret, who played for the club in the 2015 and 2016 seasons, is back in west Cumbria after spells starring in the Championship for Toulouse, Batley and Featherstone.

Jouffret made a big impression at the club, scoring a try on his debut against derby rivals Workington Town at the Summer Bash and going on to amass seven tries and 81 goals in 35 appearances in chocolate, blue and gold.

He said: said “I am looking forward to getting back to Whitehaven and trying to help the club for the rest of this season.

“I can’t wait to play up there again and see my mates.

“I enjoyed my time there a few years ago and I hope it will be the same again.”

Head coach Gary Charlton added: “I am delighted that the club has been able to secure Louis’s services.

“Louis is well experienced in the Championship and our fans already know the attacking flair he brings.

“He can cover us in the halves and the full-back position so, with losing Gregg to injury, we felt we had to move to bring someone in and Louis fits the bill of the type of player we were looking for.

“He will come over fit, having been playing in the French competition this season.”

The squad is still strained due to a lengthy injury list, with Marc Shackley and Dion Aiye expected to be out for another week or two, Tom Walker sidelined for six to eight weeks and Andy Thornley not expected back for eight to 10 weeks, while it is unknown when Callum Phillips will be fit to return.

Haven are set to welcome York City Knights to the LEL Arena tomorrow (3pm ko) in the Betfred Championship, looking to claw their away from the division's strugglers.

York boss James Ford said: "Whitehaven have got some good players. Whether he’s on the wing or at full-back, (Lachlan) Walmsley is a threat and is tremendously quick.

“The right-side half Nikau Williams is a good player and the left half (Karl) Dixon has a strong running game and the two nines (James) Newton and (Callum) Phillips have got plenty of deception.

“And, as any Cumbrian team will have, they’ve got some big raw-born blokes who are hard to handle."