Strong running prop forward Glenn Riley has repaid Whitehaven's faith in him by signing a new two-year deal with the club.

The 28-year-old who returned to Haven for the 2020 season only appeared in two friendlies this year before damaging his knee and, subsequently, the season being cancelled due to Covid-19.

But he is now keen to make his mark for the club in the 2021 Betfred Championship campaign.

Riley said: “I’ve signed a two year deal as an extended thank you to the club for what they did for me and having faith in me.

"I dislocated my knee cap against Workington and a bit of bone fell off which meant I was unable to play for a few weeks.

"Then Covid ended the season before I could play. It was a shame because I’d felt good after a good pre season with the team.

"It’s all good now and I’ve been working on my own getting my fitness up so I’m ready for the pre season and looking forward to next season.”

Riley first signed for Whitehaven in 2016 and made his debut away to Halifax on February 7 that year. He signed from London Broncos and had previously been at Warrington Wolves, making 15 Super League appearances over two season in 2013 and 2014.

After two years at Haven he then joined Barrow Raiders after they were promoted to the Championship before heading back to Whitehaven for the 2020 season but he damaged his knee in the Ike Southward Trophy game against Workington.

He has made 51 appearances for Haven, scoring five tries in his previous two seasons at the Recreation Ground.

Assistant coach, Scott McAvoy said: “It's great to have Glenn for another two years. An excellent trainer and very important to the team's “go forward” with his strong, no nonsense carries."

Riley is the 22nd player to sign up to Whitehaven's 2021 Championship squad.