Cumbria has widely been regarded as a rugby league heartland for decades but doesn’t currently have a team competing in the top tier despite Workington, Whitehaven and Barrow all having established clubs with strong histories.
However, that may be about to change. Former Salford Red Devils supremo Doctor Marwan Koukash has outlined his intention of forming a Super League club in the county, speaking of the club as the ‘Cumbrian Lakers’. He believes that the prospect is “worth looking at and there is potential for it.” Indeed, the county has produced plenty of top quality players with the likes of current stars Kyle Amor, Brad Singleton and Shaun Lunt hailing from the area and the players themselves are backing the prospect. St Helens’ Amor has today explained on twitter that merging Whitehaven and Workington would be the best way forward, further explaining that the grassroots clubs are doing a sterling job in producing rugby league talent.
Koukash himself explained that building a club from scratch to represent Cumbria may well be the way forward, highlighting the possible reluctance to essentially merge from the county’s existing clubs but believes that “people would travel to support their only club.” The facts that British Nuclear Fuels is believed to be prepared to back the venture coupled with the fact that a ground is already being looked at indicates that this isn’t merely a ‘pie in the sky’ pipedream.
The new club may be closer than we think.