Dean the latest to commit to Widnes

Chris Dean has become the latest to sign a new deal with the Vikings after agreeing a two-year extension which will see him remain with the club until the end of 2018.

Dean has racked up 157 Super League appearances, 113 in Widnes Vikings colours and has scored a total of 184 points at professional level.

He has been one of the team’s unsung heroes in their early season success, playing a pivotal role in numerous positions.

He is the third player to sign a new deal in five days, joining Joe Mellor and Eamon O’Caroll in signing a new deal.

“I would like to thanks Denis Betts and James Rule for the opportunity to further extend my Vikings career,” said Dean.

“I have been with the club for nearly five years now and I am proud to have been part of the teams growth on and off the field.

“I am really enjoying playing here at the Vikings and can’t wait to see where the next two years take us as I feel it will be someplace special.”

Betts added: “Retaining a player like Chris is fantastic for the club,”

“From day one he has applied himself both on and off the pitch and has always given everything out on the field.

“Chris is the type of player that all great clubs are built on, to secure a player of his quality will only add to the strength of the team.”