Whitehaven Rugby League has announced two new signings.

Full back or outside back Davy Litten and half back or hooker Jacob Hookem have been signed on loan to the club.

Following Geronimo Doyle leaving the field last weekend versus Sheffield, a scan has confirmed a broken arm which will see the Kiwi out of action for a number of weeks.

The club has acted fast to bring in a replacement and the highly-rated 18-year-old Litten will slot into the squad ahead of this weekend’s west Cumbrian derby against Workington Town.

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Whitehaven RLFC director Ashley Kilpatrick said: "We’re delighted to be able to bring Davy in from Hull. We’ve been able to utilise our strong growing relationship with Hull that we have developed over the last 12 months. He’s a very talented outside back who can operate at full back and centre.

"He’s come through Hull’s development squad into their academy, progressing into their reserve squad and getting himself a squad number and training with their first team. Brett Hodgson rates him highly and needs him out getting game time to help his development.

"Lastly I can only pass my thanks onto Brett Hodgson and James Clark who have helped get this done quickly easily and professionally.”

Jacob Hookem is a 19-year-old England Academy international, as well representing Yorkshire in the academy War of the Roses.

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He made his Super League debut for the Black and Whites against Wakefield Trinity in September 2021.

Mr Kilpatrick said “I’m absolutely delighted to be able to bring Jacob in. He’s a lad who’s been spoken about to us for a while but he’s had an injury. He can play half back or dummy half. He made his debut for Hull against Wakefield last year, getting man of the match.

"He’s very highly rated at Hull. He’s a tough kid, with a good kicking game and he is a good organiser.

"Again, we have to thank Brett Hodgson and James Clark for letting Jacob come to us. It shows how strong and blossoming our relationship is becoming with Hull through the development academy."