Clarke says he’ll be Widnes’ mascot if they finish in top four

Sky Sports pundit and former Great Britain international Phil Clarke has declared that if Widnes do the unthinkable and finish in Super League’s top four this year, he will become their mascot for a game!

Clarke, clearly not fancying Widnes’ chances despite them sitting top of the table in mid-March, has boldly offered the challenge up for the Vikings ahead of tonight’s game against Wigan at the DW Stadium.

Clarke actually told that he’s not entirely convinced the Vikings will finish in the top eight, let alone the top four – which led to him making the bold prediction and subsequent challenge.

“I have seen what Gary Lineker said about Leicester City and don’t want to strip down to my underwear!

“I still think that if they finish in the top eight after 23 rounds they will have done remarkably well but I am still not convinced that they will be able to do that.

“Go on then: If Widnes finish in the top four I will be their mascot for a match!”

On tonight’s game though, Clarke does not fancy Widnes’ chances.

He said: “However, their game against Wigan on Thursday will be by far their hardest challenge of the season and perhaps the first time they have faced a top-four team with a healthy squad to choose from.

“The Warriors will be too strong for the Vikings and we will see them as a mid-table team.”