Jack Owens returns to the Vikings

Widnes Vikings have re-signed former fullback Jack Owens from Leigh Centurions.

Following coach Kieron Purtill to Widnes, Owens has signed a one-year deal with the Championship club.

Owens, who has also had spells with St Helens and Sheffield Eagles, played 63 times for the Vikings between 2011 and 2015, scoring 27 tries in the process.

“I’m absolutely buzzing to be back,” said Owens.

“Coming back to Widnes is ideal for me, all I wanted to do growing up was to play for the club.

“It was always my dream to play for Widnes and I was able to do that. I’ve now got a second chance at it, and I’ve got to prove to the people that brought me back to the club that they were right to do so by earning my spot in the side.

“I’m here to try and prove a point. There are going to be people who might think it isn’t the right move for the club, but I’m going to work as hard as I can and show people what I can offer and why I deserve to be here.

“The Championship isn’t an easy division. In terms of skill, we know that within our squad, we have the ability to be successful. Everyone at the club has to be mentally switched on week in, week out and ready to go. If we do that, hopefully, we can get the club back to where it belongs, which is in Super League.”