Whitehaven recruit on and off the field

Whitehaven have secured a coup by signing Salford forward Carl Forster on an 18-month deal.

The 24-year-old was released from his contract with the Red Devils last month after finding game time under Ian Watson limited, making just a handful of appearances this season.

The former Saints forward has already made 22 appearances for the Cumbrians having spent time with the Championship club in 2013 and 2014 while on dual-registration from St Helens, the club where he turned professional in 2009 after catching the eye while playing for amateur club Pilkington Recs.

Forster will have to wait to make his second debut for James Coyle’s side having recently had an operation on his shoulder.

Haven general manager Amanda Hewer said: “Carl is just itching to get started and play again so we will continue to monitor the situation, even if it’s for part of the Super Eights.”

Meanwhile, Whitehaven has also made additions off the field with the recruitment of two new directors.

Peter Boyle and Phil Barwise have joined the board, with Barwise returning for a second stint, although he has continued to help the club in various ways since originally leaving.

Forster has signed an 18-month contract with the west Cumbrians who will be advertising for a new coach next week to replace James Coyle when he stands down at the end of the season.