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Saturday, 23 August 2014

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250-game milestone in sight for Whitehaven stalwart Calvert

Whitehaven flier Craig Calvert will hit a memorable milestone if he features in the club’s Championship opener at Keighley on Sunday.

Craig Calvert photo
Craig Calvert

Calvert is just one match away from reaching 250 career appearances, with 245 in chocolate, blue and gold, plus four for Cumbria.

And Haven chief executive Barry Richardson was quick to praise the talent of the former Wath Brow winger who is also celebrating a testimonial season at the Recreation Ground.

“He has been outstanding for us over the years,” said Richardson. “It is his testimonial year as well, which he fully deserves, so to make his 250th appearance in this year will be a big achievement.”

“From the day we signed him he has been great for Whitehaven. He got his opportunity very early after joining us and he has never looked back.

“Craig has certainly been one of the best wingers, consistently, in this division – and one of the fastest.”

The 29-year-old turned down the chance to join Super League Warrington in 2005 and Whitehaven have benefited from that.

He has racked up 198 career touchdowns, 191 of those for Haven, so is also closing in on more milestones.

“Over the year Craig’s all-round game has also improved. In his early days he was more of a finisher, with his pace but he has now added many more attributes to his game,” added Richardson.

“I am sure he will also get to 200 tries, he has just been an exceptional servant to the club and is still as keen as ever and he is very positive about the season ahead.

Calvert plans a string of testimonial events over the course of this year including a match between Haven and his old amateur club Wath Brow.

St Helens duo Jordan Hand and Ade Gardner will be available for Haven’s match at Keighley on Sunday, on dual-reg forms.

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