A firm fans' favourite has agreed to stay on at Haven for a further two years.

Whitehaven today announced that centre Chris Taylor has inked a new two-year deal.

The 26-year-old made his debut for Haven back in 2014 and has gone on to make 136 appearances for the club, scoring 40 tries.

And coach Gary Charlton’s force is set to benefit from that experience in the 2021 campaign.

Charlton said: “Chris is an experienced member of the squad and for him to sign a two-year deal is a big boost for us.

“He is a strong player who fits well in the squad and who loves it at Whitehaven. We know we have to strengthen for next season and I’m really pleased he’s signed for two years.”

Charlton thanked the club’s vice presidents “for again helping get Chris over the line”.

Taylor was delighted to pledge two more years to his club. He said: “I’ve always signed one-year deals but I feel it is the time to add a bit of stability. I love the club and the fans and they have been great with me on and off the pitch.”

Taylor left for Halifax in 2015, playing 10 games for the side before returning to the Recre. This year he sustained a knee injury in the first game of the season but he will be ready for action in 2021.

Taylor said: “I was delayed getting a scan because of Covid-19 but when I did get it the specialist confirmed there was no damage to the knee and I just needed some physio. It means I’ll be ready to play next season and I’m looking forward to getting back to it.”

Haven chairman Tom Todd added: “We all know Chris’ abilities and his passion for the club. Chris adds a dimension of experience to the three-quarter line and off the field the man is a proper gentleman. It’s great to see players committing to the future and all part of the continuing pattern of Gary Charlton building a strong squad for 2021.”