Thompson extends Widnes stay

Widnes winger Corey Thompson has become the latest player to sign a new contract with the Vikings, securing a one-year extension that will see him remain at the club until 2018.

Thompson has enjoyed a fantastic start to life with Denis Betts’ side, scoring 21 tries in just 26 appearances and becoming a key member of their attacking setup.

The 26-year-old joined the club from Canterbury Bulldogs for the beginning of the season, with his try-scoring exploits helping the club move to the top of Super League earlier this season.

He remains second in Super League’s try-scoring charts in 2016, with only Denny Solomona scoring more tries than the Australian this season. His success this season has also seen him make 21 clean breaks, bettered by just four other players, while he is also Super League’s eighth most efficient ball carrier, making almost 10 metres per carry.

Thompson joins Hep Cahill in signing a new contract, with the experienced forward signing a one-year extension with the club on Thursday.

“I think Widnes have shown that we can produce something exciting in the years ahead,” said Thompson.

“I’m really pleased to stay and be a part of it .  We have a good bunch of lads here and the coaches encourage us to play an exciting style of footie.

“I’ve had to work hard for some of my tries, but I’ve also had some ‘walk-ins’. I’ve benefitted from the way we play and I hope that will continue for the next couple of years.”

Head coach, Denis Betts added: “Corey is a quality player. He offers the unexpected and is improving all the time. He can play wing or fullback and is also a proven goal kicker,” said the Vikings coach.

“Keeping this stability and security in the squad will help us to continue our development.”