Askam’s BARLA hooker Sam Dowsett is ready for a second stab at the professional game in west Cumbria.

After a short spell with Workington Town in 2017, Dowsett has signed for Whitehaven with a ringing endorsement from Jonty Gorley, a new assistant coach at the Recreation Ground.

Gorley, a former hooker himself, said “I coached Sam at Workington and I honestly don’t think he knows how good he could be.

“Work commitments ended his spell at Town, but that’s changed now so I jumped at the chance to bring him to Whitehaven.

“He’s the type of player every coach wants in his squad.

“His willingness to learn how to be a good nine is very encouraging.

“Saying that, he is already at a standard where he can hold his own.

“He’s good out of dummy half and his passing game is good.

“He has a kicking game which is a bonus when a team has a nine that can kick, and he also doesn’t mind the tough stuff in the middle.”

Dowsett has represented his county and BARLAa Under 19s at amateur level while with the National Conference League side Askam in south Cumbria.

And he is hoping to make the permanent step up after having to leave Workington due to changing work commitments.

Dowsett is looking forward to another chance to prove himself in League One during next season’s campaign.

Once he knew of Whitehaven’s interest , he says he didn’t have to think long about singing.

“The opportunity to work with Charlo, Jonty and Macca, as well as hearing the club’s future plans, made it an easy decision for me to take,” said Dowsett

“The direction in which Whitehaven are heading will make it an exciting year for the club and I can’t wait to be part of it.

“I would like to thank the coaches and team-mates at Askam ARLFC for this past season, getting me back into it after a difficult spell at Workington.

“I’d also like to thank Whitehaven for giving me the opportunity to test myself again at a professional level.

“I can’t wait to get going in pre-season, preparing ready for the start of the year.”