Workington Town continue to build a strong Cumbrian base for the future after snapping up talented Distington amateur international Clayton Sutton.

Sutton has played on two BARLA Great Britain tours, to both Australia and Jamaica, and has also played several times on home soil.

Town signed the high rated half-back/centre at the weekend, beating off other competition to get his signature ahead of the start of the 2019 League One season.

Workington chairman Les Smallwood said they were delighted to welcome Sutton to Derwent Park.

Smallwood said: “We want to sign the best players from the community game and Clayton has a fine pedigree at amateur level playing for BARLA Great Britain at all levels.

“He’s a versatile and intelligent player who will fit in well to the squad. Distington have always produced fine players who are well coached and professional in their outlook to the game.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing Clayton progress as a professional with us.”

And Sutton, also a talented goalkicker, said he can’t wait to put the hard work in under Town coach Leon Pryce and take his opportunity in the professional game.

“I was approached by the club and following discussions and hearing what hard work is going on in the background and the plans the club has for the season and the very near future, I was quick to take the opportunity,” he said.

“I met the boys on Thursday for the first session, which was a tough opener.

“All the boys were sound and most I know already with being local.

“I am looking forward to working with the squad, putting the hard work in and getting my opportunity when it comes.”

Sutton also thanked his amateur side Distington for all their help in getting him to this level. Sutton has been part of a successful set-up at the village side since he was a youngster.

He added: “I grew up watching Distington and couldn’t wait until I was old enough to wear the navy and red.

“I spent many good years playing with my best mates, winning silverware and creating club history.

“The back room staff and coaches I’ve been involved with at Distington are as good as you’ll see in any environment.

“Carl and Gary (Hewer) always demanded a professional attitude and they instilled a work ethic which has resulted in the club’s recent successes.

“I would just like to thank everyone at the club.”