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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Workington Town new recruit Rowlandson will be 'very hard man to stop' - Charlton

Workington Town have signed Cumbrian man mountain Callum Rowlandson.

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Callum Rowlandson

Rowlandson, 22, who stands a towering 6’ 8” tall and weighs in at 21 stones, has attracted attention from senior rugby union clubs but jumped at the chance of signing for the Derwent Park-based Championship side after being contacted by coach Gary Charlton.

He originally signed for Whitehaven RL in 2011 and played a handful of games for the Under-23 side before returning to Carlisle and then Whitehaven rugby union sides. Rowlandson also played for Egremont Rangers in the summer and has now decided the time was right to turn pro.

“Gary (Charlton) gave me a call and we had a good crack. I then decided to give it a go,” prop Rowlandson told News & Star Sport.

“I’ve played both codes and they are completely different games, although you have to be fit to play both.

“League is faster but, now I’m being given that chance, it’s down to me to take it,” added the youngster who has also played five games for Cumbria Rugby Union in the Under-20s, and five games for the open-age County side.

“I grew up with Karl Olstrum but haven’t played with any of the current squad, so it’s a brand new challenge for me.”

The signing comes just two days after ex-Super League prop Ewan Dowes announced that he’d played his last professional rugby league game. But Town have been discussing a contract for several weeks with Whitehaven-based Rowlandson.

Gary Charlton was excited with the signing and said: “Callum’s a great prospect and he’s knows there’s a lot of hard work ahead. He told me what I wanted to hear and I’m looking forward to working with him.

“We’d been talking to Callum for a few weeks but when we heard that Ewan (Dowes) wouldn’t be playing with us next season, it pushed the deal ahead a bit quicker.

“He’s got all the attributes to be a very good player for us.

“And when he’s up and running, he’s going to be a very hard man to stop.”

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