A Whitehaven RL player has now signed a major full time deal with a rugby team in the Super League.

The club have confirmed that Kieran Hudson has signed for Castleford Tigers.

This will see that prop link up with the Tigers but remain on loan at the LEL Arena for the remainder of 2022.

Kieran Hudson, 21, has had a major impact on this season's opening games with Whitehaven, but the club are happy for him to progress to the Super League.

Head coach Jonty Gorley said: "I am absolutely over the moon for Kieran. He has came to us and proved that he is a good front row forward, all he needed was an opportunity to prove this, he has done this with us.

"He is is a big lump of a lad who carries the ball exceptionally well, his sheer size helps him find his front on most occasions. Defensively Kieran does very well, as he proved against Leigh by dealing with their middles very well.

"You've got to remember that Kieran is still only 21, putting him in a full-time environment will do nothing but improve him, his potential is frightening.

"A mention must go to Liam McAvoy, it was Liam who persuaded me to give Kieran a chance with Whitehaven."

Whitehaven RL Director Ashley Kilpatrick added: "I’m absolutely delighted for Kieran to be getting a chance with a super league club, I’m also delighted we will have Kieran for the rest of the year on loan, the full time training will only make Kieran better and benefit us this season. Kieran’s a great young lad with a big future something I’m sure he will show at Castleford.

"It just shows if you work hard and take a chance coming to Whitehaven that we are a club who are watched by super league clubs and if your playing well you will get noticed and picked up. We have good links with Hull FC, Wigan and now Castleford.

"I’d like to finally thank Danny Wilson at Cas and Joe Harrison, Kieran’s agent, for making this deal happen and making it so easy to sort out from all sides was a pleasure to deal with both of them."