Walker signs new Widnes deal

Widnes Vikings forward Brad Walker has signed a new three-year deal with the club.

The 20-year-old, another product of the club’s Academy system currently playing in the first-team, has made seven first-team appearances for the club since making his debut in 2016.

He follows fellow Academy product Matt Whitley in committing to the club after he also penned a three-year deal earlier this week.

The news comes as a timely boost for head coach Denis Betts, who said: “Brad’s development is coming on leaps and bounds, and he’s got a number of games under his belt at first-team level to emphasise that progress.

“We have seen a massive improvement in Brad in each year that he has been with us, both mentally and physically. He is now starting to look like a player that can cement a place as a regular first-team player. It’s pleasing that he has committed his future to Widnes Vikings and believes that he can achieve his goals at this club.”

Walker added: “It’s great to sign this new deal. I’ve been here a while now and I’ve loved every minute of my time here. The club has some great talent and exciting youngsters coming through, and I want to be a part of what we are building here.

“Whilst there was interest from elsewhere in the Super League, I was committed to staying here and did not want to go anywhere else.

“I’ve been at Widnes Vikings since I was 16 years old, and the club has been fantastic in supporting my development. I can see the club achieving good things in the next few years, and I want to be involved in that future. My aim now is to cement a place in the first team and play regularly, whether that be this year or in the coming seasons.”