Whitehaven have made their first external signing since coming out of special measures by bringing in winger Sam Forrester from local rivals Workington Town.
Coach Gary Charlton said over the weekend that new faces were imminent after the club satisfied the RFL that their financial difficulties from last season has been resolved.
Forrester won the most improved player at Workington’s end of season awards and scored 13 tries in 20 appearances last season as they reached the play-off finals in Betfred League 1.
He started his career at Maryport ARL gaining international honours with England community Lions Under 18’s touring South Africa and Lebanon and Barla Open Age touring Australia.
“Sam is someone that all the coaching team wanted, as we see him as a big piece of the jigsaw we are putting together,” said Charlton.
“He has pace to burn and also great lines of running, put that with good defence and a ability to play under pressure he’s a great signing for the club.
Forrester is the first new member of the 2019 squad, and the announcement follows on from the news earlier in the week that Scottish international Callum Phillips has re-signed for the club on a one-year deal.