TOWN BOSS Chris Thorman has spoken of his ambitions for the future of Derwent Park, putting pen to paper on a contract extension, and an upcoming opportunity for trialists.

Thorman, Workington Town’s head coach has extended his contract with the Derwent Park side until 2024.

The Hull FC and York Knights alumnus said: “I suppose 2020 was null and void for every one. We didn’t get to follow through with the plans we formed in 2019. That was the reason behind the extension, I’ve got a vision for the club.”

He added that the same goes for the board and everyone involved in Workington Town.

He said that the club is currently “a hub of activity.”

Thorman is pleased to iron out the details of his new contract prior to the start of the 2021 League 1 season.

“It was important to get this decision out the way now and get it sorted, sign on the dotted line now and focus on what we need to focus on, that’s being ultra competitive.”

Speaking of the fan reaction to his re-signing, Thorman said: "I think the fans realise how much I care about the club. I didn't really expect to stay here. It was a bit of a stop gap. The longer I've been at the club, the more I've seen how the club is regarded in the community."

Town players return to action against Cumbrian neighbours, Barrow Raiders in a pre-season friendly on Sunday April 18.

Thorman said: “We’re very excited about this Sunday. We need this game for a number of reasons but what shouldn’t get lost is it’s a friendly, or trial game, we’ll be looking to implement things from practice. We don’t want to show our hand too much.”

It will be a golden opportunity for six of the 10 trialists who are currently with Workington Town, who will get a chance to play against Barrow on Sunday. Thorman added that Lewis Mason and Dom Smallwood are amongst those who have been consistent in pre-season and will likely get an opportunity to play on Sunday.