Betts confirms Kevin Brown promotion

This story was initially published in the 3rd November issue of League Express, before being formally released this week.

Widnes Vikings coach Denis Betts has confirmed that Kevin Brown will captain the club in 2015 after the retirement of 2014 leader Jon Clarke.

Brown, who was vice-captain last season under Clarke, was the natural successor in the role according to Betts, who brought the halfback to the club from Huddersfield Giants in 2013.

The 30-year-old was one of the form halfbacks in the competition last season, and he was recognised when he became the first ever Widnes player to be named in the Super League Dream Team.

“Kevin will be taking on the role of captain for the coming season,” Betts told League Express.

“He stepped into the job a few times last year when Jon was out injured or was rested, so it is a natural progression for him to take on the role full time now that Jon has retired. Kevin is a leader on the field as much as Jon was, so he will now push on and lead the side forward next year.”

Betts also confirmed that the Vikings will play three pre-season fixtures ahead of hosting the opening match of the campaign against Wigan Warriors on Thursday, February 5.

This year’s annual festive derby against Warrington Wolves will take place at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on Sunday, December 28 and it will be followed by trips to St Helens on January 18 and Castleford on January 25.

Meanwhile the Vikings have confirmed that director Roddy Snedden, who joined the board in 2012, has increased his investment with the club and now owns 25 percent of the Vikings.