Flourishng business venture forced Dowsett to quit PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Wednesday, 07 April 2021

sam dowsett.pngWhitehaven have announced that the club has come to a mutual agreement with Sam Dowsett for his release from his contract.  

Sam was integral part of Haven’s 2019 title winning season, having signed from Askam ARL for that season, going on to make 18 appearances and scoring one try.

In February 2020 Sam had set up a new business alongside his brother and despite the pandemic the business has continued to flourish. It has made committing to training difficult for him.

Speaking about leaving the club Dowsett said “ To all involved at Whitehaven Rugby League, I would just like to thank you all very muchly for the last two seasons at the club, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  

“As soon as I sat down with Jonty, Gary and Mark, back in late 2018, I knew at that moment I wanted to be a part of the promising, exciting future that was in store, mainly built up of local Cumbrians


“That season of 2019, proved to be the highlight of my career by far, winning League One. So, thank you again for the opportunity and the faith you showed in me to be a part of that. 

“Unfortunately, the last year for some, with the pandemic, businesses have struggled to a point of no return and has been a year to forget, in all aspects of life.  

“However, the business I set up last February with my brother, has flourished, with the hot tub sales and maintenance industry rocketing, making my availability for training on a Wednesday and Friday limited, if not impossible.

“Having thought about it at length, I found it really hard within myself to carry on collecting a wage at the end of the month, knowing I wouldn't be attending training most weeks and knowing I would have still been in contention on a game day despite other lads training continuously throughout.  

“I can't thank the people at Whitehaven RL enough for the way they have all welcomed me to the great club and making my experience in League One and the Championship, one that I will always cherish.” 

Head coach Gary Charlton said “We’re sorry to lose Sam. Since he’s been here he has been professional in everything he has done and how he has gone about his work. Sam was exceptional in the League One championship winning team of 2019 and us coaches would just like to send out sincere thanks to Sam for his efforts at Haven.” 

Picture by BEN CHALLIS 

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