Whitehaven Rugby League are delighted to announce the signing of Australian utility back Josh Martin having beat off competition in his native country and in the UK to secure his signature on a 12 month deal.
Comfortable right across the back line Martin is going to offer Jonty Gorley options in a number of positions ahead of the 2022 Betfred Championship campaign with our season opener under six weeks away.
Speaking about his signing head coach Gorley spoke saying "We were on the lookout for an outside back that could cover the back 5 . An agent from Australia, John Taulaga, got in touch with us regarding a young kid called Josh Martin. He sent some clips over of Josh and immediately liked what I saw. Josh is 20-year old and looks like a good player, he's athletic and his balance is good which makes him hard to tackle when he is carrying the ball, he looks great in the air, which is a positive attacking wise and defensively. When I spoke to Josh and his parents they were all really keen for him to come to us and enjoy the experience in the UK and hopefully he can forge a good career on the back of coming here. I really think Josh can be a surprise package for us and I can't wait to see him play."
Director Ashley Kilpatrick who has had late night's in securing the signature of Martin said "I'm thrilled to have Josh on board. He's a young lad looking for an opportunity to play here in the UK and to make a name for himself. He’s played for Illawarra 20s and most recently thirroul, Josh offers Jonty versatility as he can play anywhere in the back line and is a goal kicker. Josh had a few offers back home and a few here so we’re delighted he believes that we are the club to help develop him over these next 12 months. Having spoke to josh for a number of months he’s keen to come here and prove himself he’s a humble young lad he’s also very grateful for this chance to come here
Can I just again thank the Vice Presidents for all their help during the off season, they really do help make recruitment a lot easier. Can I just again urge people to join up by contacting des Byrne or Ron Batty"