Experienced centre Jason Mossop has signed a contract extension for home-town club Whitehaven.

Mossop was contracted until the end of the coming season but the extension will now see him wear the chocolate, blue and gold until the end of 2021.

He first signed for the club ahead of the 2018 campaign and last season he made 21 appearances, scoring two tries.

One of the best tackling centres in League One, Mossop had spent 11 years at Workington Town and enjoyed a successful benefit in 2017. He played more that 200 games for Town in that time where he built is reputation as a committed, hard-tackling centre.

Mossop, now 32, had learnt his rugby at Hensingham from the age of eight until he was 17 and was signed by Castleford. From there he had loans spells at Batley and Doncaster before signing for Town in 2006.

After agreeing his contract extension, Mossop said: “I’m happy to have signed a year’s extension because I still feel good in myself. It’s important to feel fit and personally if it got to a point where I couldn’t give enough to the team I’d give it up there and then.

“I’m enjoying my rugby which makes it a lot easier and I’m enjoying my training. Hopefully, we’ll have a good two years.”

Head coach Gary Charlton said: “Jason is one of the senior players in the squad, very experienced and great to have in the team and off the field.

“His experience is a great help in the dressing room with the younger members of the squad and he’s a player who always gives 100 per cent, trains hard and is great to have around the club.”

Club chairman Tom Todd added: “The squad is coming together nicely for the challenge of the Championship and it’s always good when one of the senior members is prepared to sign an extension of his contract.

“Jason is a really committed player, well regarded in the game, and I’m sure will play an important part in our return to the Championship.”