Player Profile

Oliver Wilkes


Oliver Wilkes

position Prop forward
Weight 104kg
Height 185cm
Birth place Ulverston, Cumbria
Sponsor Irvings Bodyworks of Mossbay


Signed from Barrow Raiders in the close season of 2018 Oliver is now entering his 21st year as a professional.

He debuted for then Super League side Sheffield Eagles as a 17 year old in 1998 before moving for a short spell with fellow Super League side Huddersfield Giants before establishing himself at Keighley Cougars where he chalked up an impressive 18 tries in 68 games from the front row. These impressive stats brought him to the attention of the ambitious Leigh Centurions and he made the step back into Super League with them in 2005 before spending further time in the top flight with Wigan, a short loan period also saw him turn out for county rivals Whitehaven. He signed for the Widnes Vikings in 2006 and suffered a shoulder injury which required reconstructive surgery at the end of the season. Wakefield gave him another opportunity at the peak of the club game in 2007 where he was a consistant performer as they finished in the playoffs.

Harlequins RL came calling and the lure of a stint in the capital proved too much before his 2 year stint was ended when Wakefield enticed him back up north in 2012. In 2014 Oliver returned to Leigh Centurions where he captained the side to the League Leaders Shield and Grand Final Victory which saw them return to Super League and with that achievement the call of home proved too much and he signed for the Barrow Raiders. After a successful 2 years with his hometown team culminating in promotion back to the Championship Oliver decided to take up the challenge at Workington Town for the 2018 season where his experience and proven leadership skills will be vital to Leon Pryce in his first campaign as a head coach.

This was confirmed when Oliver was made Club Captain for the 2018 and will again carry out the role in 2019.

Oliver played his 500th career game when he represented Scotland against France. In 2018 Ollie proved to be a fine club captain and ambassador and his performances on the pitch certainly led by example. He scored 9 tries and was named Most Influential Player, The Shaun Weaver Player of the Year and acknowledged by his coaching staff by being named their Player of the Year.

Local, leader, legend!

Have a great season Ollie!