Whitehaven sign Lee Mitchell and Shaun Ainscough

Whitehaven have signed ex-Warrington Wolves second-row Lee Mitchell and former Bradford winger Shaun Ainscough.

Mitchell, 25, was released by the Wire in the autumn of 2012, after scoring four tries in 37 Super League games.

Bradford's Shaun Ainscough

Ainscough has played Super League rugby for Wigan, Castleford and Bradford and has an impressive record of 39 tries in 49 matches.

Ainscough, 23, also left Super League a year ago after rejecting a new contract with Bradford on reduced terms.

The pair have spent the last season in Australian regional rugby league, Mitchell for Central Queensland Capras and Ainscough for South City Bulls.

Mitchell spent the final season of his four-year spell with Warrington on loan at fellow top flight side Castleford, but the Tigers opted against pursuing a permanent deal.

Ainscough, formerly with Wigan, Widnes and Castleford, however, opted to move down under rather than agree a new deal with the Bulls.