Vikings closing in on overseas signing

Widnes are closing in on the signing of an unnamed NRL forward, with Denis Betts confirming that the club hopes to make an announcement in the next couple of weeks.

The Vikings have been working hard on bringing in a new forward to bolster their ranks, with a deal expected to be done soon.

Widnes are currently in the process of securing the necessary visa paperwork and a release from his club in the hope of finalising a deal for the immediate term.

He will be able to come into the Vikings after the club secured a release for winger Paddy Flynn last week – a transfer forecasted in League Express last week – and before that Danny Tickle, which has given them sufficient room to manoeuvre on the cap.

Following Widnes’ 28-18 Challenge Cup victory over Halifax, Betts said: “I’m going to sign a player in the next couple of weeks hopefully. Things are in place at the moment. There are reasons behind Paddy Flynn going out on loan. We’ve lost Alex Gerrard for the rest of the year and losing Danny Tickle at the start of the year has softened us up around there. So in the next week or so we should have an announcement to make on the signing.

“My job is development and recruitment, and that is something that never ends. We’re looking at recruiting, and your sources are alright as well.”