Whitehaven Rugby League can this evening announce that Andrew "Bruie" Dawson has signed a 2 year contract extension which will see the powerful prop forward remain at the LEL Arena until the end of 2023.
The forward who signed for the club ahead of the 2021 season completed the Cumbrian treble by signing for Haven for the previous season and cemented his squad in the matchday 17 from early doors and had a fantastic first season in the Chocolate, Blue & Gold and will be looking to continue that form into the next two seasons.
Speaking about signing the new deal Dawson said “Last year was one of the most successful and enjoyable years of my career so I am happy to be here for another 2 years. I’m looking forward to the extra professionalism Jonty will bring to the side as well as some new exciting additions. Looking at the signings other clubs have made it looks like it’s going to be another tough year and I hope to once again play my part in a successful season.
Special mention to Charlo (Gary Charlton) for giving me the opportunity last season and I wish him well in his new role at the club.”
Head coach Jonty Gorley spoke saying "It's great to get Bruie on a multi-year deal. Same as some other players Bruie comes with vast championship experience in a position where you need some experience, front row. Bruie carries the ball really strongly and gets a fast play the ball for us to play on the back of, his leg drive and metres after contact get us on the front foot. He's great to have in the squad for the next couple of years."
Club director Ashley Kilpatrick said "It’s great to have Andrew signed up for the next 2 years, I think Bruie proved a lot of doubters last season wrong and he can easily play Championship rugby, he was good for us in his first season at the club, his go forward is second to none always making yards with strong carries, he’s another lad we wanted signed up quickly as we knew there would be interest after the season Bruie had."
Photo credit - Ben Challis.