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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Workington Town sign ex-Rochdale forward Chris Clough

Workington Town have snapped up powerful forward Chris Clough to strengthen their pack for the Championship One play-off race.

Chris Clough photo
Chris Clough. Photo: Alpha Photography

Former Rochdale, York and South Wales prop/second rower Clough signed on the dotted line last night, just beating Friday’s signature deadline.

And the 30-year-old could be thrown straight in to action this Sunday when Town host Keighley Cougars in the eagerly anticipated third versus second clash.

Town chairman Dave Bowden said he was delighted to secure Clough for the remainder of the season, saying he fit the bill perfectly.

“Chris has come through the Super League academy system and has played at Rochdale, York and more recently at South Wales,” said Bowden.

“With our injury situation being as it is, especially in the forwards, we knew that we needed more numbers on board.

“The coaches have been looking around and Gary really likes the way that Chris plays the game.

“He is pretty uncompromising and is a good ball handler. He had a great game against us when Rochdale played us in the Challenge Cup.

“He was their stand out performer on that day and we remembered that.

“We are now very pleased to have him on board.

“He has been playing in matches so he is match fit and could go straight into contention for Sunday.”

Town’s injury woes have been clearly chronicled with the club still waiting on news about Ryan MacDonald.

It had been thought the prop had fractured his scaphoid bone, between his thumb and wrist, in the win over London Skolars two weeks ago, putting a question mark on his involvement for the rest of the season.

But this was followed up with an inconclusive X-ray last week. MacDonald is due to go back to the hospital today for further examination.

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