Workington Town have signed one of the top amateur players in Cumbria with the addition of strong-running Wath Brow centre Curtis Teare.

The 22-year-old has joined the Derwent Park club on a two-year deal and Town won the race for his signature ahead of several rivals.

Head coach Chris Thorman said: “I’m really pleased that Curtis has decided to join us. Like a few of the players we’ve recruited from the community game, he’s achieved everything there is to achieve at that level and he’s now ready to challenge himself in the professional game – something I have absolute confidence that he’ll be successful in.

“He has all the attributes to be a top line winger or centre and I could actually see him playing in the back row one day because of how well he carries the ball.

“He’s aware of the hard work ahead of him and I’m sure he’ll flourish in our environment."

His father Scott Teare was a former Wath Brow player who turned professional with Whitehaven.

Town have also moved to bring in replacements for hooker Declan O’Donnell and winger Brad Holroyd with Evan Simons and Alex Clegg from Newcastle Thunder.

Simons, and now free=scoring winger Clegg, will be hoping to be a big part of Town’s adaption to life in the Championship.

Clegg starred in 2019 as he made 25 appearances out of a possible 28 and was second-top try scorer with 19 touchdowns.

Simons has proved an aggressive man-on-man defensive player and a consistent try-scorer with his trademark darts from dummy half.

He tweeted after his Town move had been announced: “Buzzing to sign for Workington Town for the year. Excited to meet the lads next week and I’m really looking forward to adding to a tight-knit group.”