Danny Tickle is tipping Widnes to improve their standing in Super League for a third consecutive season.
The Cheshire club finished 14th and 10th respectively in the two seasons since they returned to Super League, and the second-rower, who signed a three-year deal in the summer, expects their progress to continue.
The former England star told BBC Radio Merseyside: “They’re only going to get better, and looking at performances last season, they’re not far off.
“I was really impressed when I spoke to [coach] Denis Betts and [owner] Steve O’Connor, explaining what they’re expecting in the coming seasons.
“There’s inconsistency at times but there were quite a few games last year that they could have won. Those tight games, if they could have scored one or two more tries, they could have been finishing a bit higher in the league.”
Vikings fans have been invited to meet their team at a special dinner, which takes place at the Select Security Stadium this Thursday (January 9th).
Hosted by Sky Sports’ Angela Powers and DJ Roy Basnett, the dinner will feature Dennis Betts giving a talk and a Q&A with the new signings.
The club is also offering one fan the chance to become the official public announcer for the club this season.
Auditions will be held over the next few weeks, with applicants being asked to perform at an amateur game or a Vikings training session. Experts from the world of radio will judge. Anyone interested should get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org