Whitehaven Rugby League has secured the loan signing of Luca Atkinson from Huddersfield Giants.

Previously part of Leeds Rhinos academy, Atkinson has represented England Youth and had a spell with Keighley Cougars in West Yorkshire last season.

Speaking at Thursday's training, head coach Jonty Gorley said: "We needed a back row, he will stiffen us up in that area.

"We put Kingy back there last week but we missed him in the middle.

"Ashley Kilpatrick has come up trumps after scouring far and wide and we’ve got him in just before the deadline."

Meanwhile, Whitehaven confirms the recall of Brett Bailey and Dan Hindmarsh by their parent clubs St.Helens and Castleford respectively.

The club thanked both players for their efforts during their spells with the team.

Last weekend, Dion Aiye was suspended ‘with immediate effect' from the club while an investigation was carried out following an incident at the weekend, Whitehaven said in a statement and declined to comment further.