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11th August 2020, 13:01 | Widnes

Jack Owens extends Widnes contract

Jack Owens extends Widnes contract

Widnes Vikings have confirmed that captain Jack Owens has signed a new one-year deal with the club, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2021 season. 

The 26-year-old broke onto the scene with Widnes back in 2011 spending five years with the club before signing for St Helens. One-year stints with both Sheffield Eagles and Leigh Centurions followed before Owens re-joined the Vikings at the start of the 2019 season.

The full-back was an instrumental figure for Widnes in 2019 scoring 18 tries in his 30 appearances, including a memorable effort in the semi-finals of the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup against Leigh Centurions. 

Owens said: “It’s great to have agreed a new deal with the club, it was a no-brainer for me.

“I’ve spoken a lot in the past about how much this clubs means to me, so I’m made up to still have the opportunity to wear these colours. It’s always a proud moment for me and my family when I walk out and play for the Vikings, so I’m looking forward to doing it again in 2021.

“It was a huge humour to have been named captain last year, especially as it came from a vote within the playing squad, it’s just a shame the season ended so early. It was a great feeling walking the lads out though, and I’m looking forward to that again next season. 

“We’re obviously disappointed as a group that the season went the way it did, and it has been frustrating to be without Rugby League for so long, but ultimately it was the right decision in terms of keeping everyone safe through a difficult period. 

“All of the players have seen the messages from the supporters on social media, and even through this tough time their support has been brilliant. Our aim now is to get back out there in front of them as soon as it is safe to do so and repay them for all their faith in us and players and a club as a whole.”

Owens joins Vikings quartet Deon Cross, Jake Spedding, Connor Dwyer and Kenny Baker in signing new deals at the club while Widnes have announced both Lee Jewitt and Matt Cook will join the club for the 2021 season.