Workington Town have added another talented local player from the community game to their ranks after securing the signature of Wath Brow back-rower Adam Ramsden.

Speaking after the Challenge Cup third-round win against West Bowling, head coach Chris Thorman said he was close to making a trio of signings to add to his squad.

Now one of those has been completed with the arrival of Ramsden, who will be looking to push for a place in the team over the coming weeks and months.

The 28-year-old has been with the Hornets for six seasons and has earned his chance to make the step up into the professional game after training with the Town squad over the last few weeks.

Thorman said: “I’ve made no secret about having the majority of the squad made up of the best Cumbrian players and the recruitment of Adam is another positive indicator of this.

“He’s a back-rower by trade but is also capable of playing in the middle, has good late footwork and will compliment our already versatile pack. He has got some hard work ahead of him, having missed a good chunk of pre-season.

“But he has a good attitude and a willingness to learn – we’ve already made some short-term goals which should produce fairly quick results and see him competing for a place in our squad soon.”

Ramsden said: “I’m excited about having a crack at the pro game.

“I’ve really enjoyed training over the last few weeks and I’m learning new stuff all of the time under Chris Thorman and the other coaching staff.

“All of the other lads in the squad have made me feel really welcome and the sessions have been really enjoyable.

“My aspiration for the season is to continue to train hard, take my opportunity in a game and hopefully secure a place in the team.”

Town are set to be back in Challenge Cup action again this weekend when League 1 rivals Doncaster visit Derwent Park on Sunday for a fourth-round clash (3pm kick-off).