Warrington’s super league players Jon Clarke and Ben Harrison are the latest players to pledge their commitment to the Cumbrian side to face England in the “Britain’s Energy Coast Challenge” game to be played on Sunday 3rd October at the Recreation Ground Whitehaven.
This year’s Challenge Cup Finalists and Super League front runners have strong Cumbrian connections with coach Tony Smith having played at Workington Town and Whitehaven born Gary Chambers part of the Warrington coaching staff.
Coach Paul Crarey was delighted at the news saying “The squad is starting to gather momentum and the addition of quality players like Jon and Ben, will be a huge boost as well as providing top class entertainment for the fans”.
Barrow born Ben Harrison, whose brother Liam plays for Championship side Barrow, was delighted, “Being a proud Cumbrian it is a privilege to be asked to represent Garry Purdham’s family and Cumbrian rugby league in a game that will showcase all that is good about the Cumbrian community spirit”
Jon Clarke, whose immediate family hails from Cockermouth, was also keen to offer his services saying “it would be an honour to play in such a significant game in the memory of Garry Purdham and to represent Cumbrian rugby league”.
Team manager Mark Fryer was equally delighted saying “Of course it is possible that some of the players at Super League clubs could have Grand Final commitments, or in some cases England call-ups, but with further positive responses awaiting confirmation we’re sure to have a really strong side”