Workington Town sign Crusaders' Peter Lupton

Peter Lupton
Lupton won his first Wales cap against Ireland

Workington Town have signed former Crusaders utility player Peter Lupton to their squad for the 2012 Championship One season.

The 29-year-old made 70 Super League appearances for the Welsh club in total, scoring 16 tries.

"He's a target we've been looking at for some time," chairman Dave Bowden told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"Virtually all of his career has been in Super League. To bring in a player of that calibre is a massive boost."

The former Millom amateur returns to his native Cumbria following stints at London Broncos, Castleford Tigers, Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC.

Lupton recently made his Wales debut against Ireland but ultimately did not feature in the country's Four Nations campaign due to injury.

In addition, the signing adds depth to a halves unit missing the influence of Darren Holt, who left Derwent Park to coach Barrow earlier this month.

"Peter offers what we want and hopefully it'll all come together," Bowden added.

"He's a utility player but his real strength is at half-back and you need a good set of half-backs at this level.

"He'll want this ball. He'll take us round the park with his experience. The fans will now realise how seriously we're taking this league."