Danny Tickle wants derby debut

New Widnes Vikings signing Danny Tickle is hoping he can debut for his new club in the festive derby against old rivals Warrington Wolves.

The two sides go head to head at Widnes’ Select Security Stadium on Sunday, December 29, and Tickle wants the chance to put all his hard work in pre-season to good use.

“I would like to play, but it will be up to the coaches,” the 30-year-old said.

“I’m sure we’ll be fielding a strong team and it would be great to be out there, making my debut for the club.

“I just have to make sure I train at my best and get myself ready to play, both physically and mentally.

“It will be a big hit out for us against Warrington. I have been involved in a lot of derby games over the years with Wigan and Hull FC, and even in pre-season these games still big events. It’ll be no different when we face Warrington.”

Tickle has been handed the number 12 shirt for the new season.

Widnes Vikings squad numbers in full: 1 Rhys Hanbury, 2 Jack Owens, 3 Cameron Phelps, 4 Stefan Marsh, 5 Patrick Ah Van, 6 Kevin Brown, 7 Joe Mellor, 8 Eamon O’Carroll, 9 John Clarke, 10 Ben Kavanagh, 11 Dave Allen, 12 Danny Tickle, 13 Hep Cahill, 14 Chris Dean, 15 Lloyd White, 16 Willie Isa, 17 Danny Galea, 18 Paul Johnson, 19 Adam Lawton, 20 Paddy Flynn, 21 Danny Craven, 22 Liam Carberry, 23 Phil Joseph, 24 MacGraff Leuluai, 25 Alex Gerrard, 26 Tom Gilmore, 27 Grant Gore, 28 Declan Hulme, 29 Kieran Butterworth