Winger Russ Bolton has left Askam to join League One side Workington Town on a permanent deal after impressing during a trial period with the club.

Bolton becomes the latest player to leave the Villagers in recent months for a stint in the semi-pro ranks after impressing coach Chris Thorman, who snapped him up this week.

Bolton is delighted to get his chance to prove himself in the third tier and is hoping that Town can continue on their recent winning ways.

“I saw this as a good step up from the National Conference League and the county series I’d been playing in over the last few years,” said Bolton. “My trial has been really good, and I enjoyed my debut in a tight game against Hunslet. Playing against Leigh away was a brilliant experience, going against a full time team.

“And the last game of my trial, going away to West Wales on an overnight stay was a good opportunity to get to know the lads.

“They have all been spot on, very welcoming and always there to give you a few tips or pointers to help along the way.

“I am definitely looking forward to playing the rest of the season with the squad. We’ve had two wins in the league while I’ve been on trial so hopeful there are many more to come.”

Thorman was delighted to sign Bolton permanently, adding: “I’m really pleased to have Russ on board for the rest of the season.

“I’ve stressed how important it is to have as many Cumbrian-based players as possible in the squad and Russ is exactly that.

“He has shown great attitude since his arrival at the club and has already started to develop into an assured League 1 winger. If he shows the same commitment as he has so far, he is only going to get better.”