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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Mike Whitehead celebrates testimonial with new Workington Town contract

Long-serving Workington Town forward Mike Whitehead celebrated being granted a 12-month testimonial – by signing a new deal to keep him at Derwent Park next season.

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Mike Whitehead

But he has indicated that 2012 could be his last year as his body is starting to feel the stresses and strains of high impact rugby league.

Whitehead was granted a year-long testimonial for his services to the game by the RFL but the second rower has yet to set a start date.

“I didn’t expect to get a full 12 months but it was really nice to get that,” he admitted.

“I started my career at Wigan when I was 15 and then left at 19 to come back to Barrow.

“I had five years with them before a season at Whitehaven, then back to Barrow and on to Workington.

“I wanted to sort a new contract out with Town before I thought about when to set it up and running.

“I’m pleased to stay at Town although I think this could be my last year. I would never say never but I am definitely thinking about retiring.”

Whitehead, 33, only missed two games in Town’s successful 2011 campaign, which culminated in reaching the Championship one Grand Final.

And says he believes Town can go one better next season and gain automatic promotion to the next tier.

“Hopefully we can do it easier, instead of going through the play-offs, just get promoted straight away,” said Whitehead.

“Everybody was disappointed after the final but at the end of the day nobody expected us to get that far. Hopefully we can now progress next year and push forward.”

Town chairman, Dave Bowden, welcomed the tough tackling forward back on board.

He added: “Mike does a lot of unseen work that people don’t realise and he has that bit of experience so it is great to have him back and in his testimonial year.”

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