6th August 2020, 17:02 | Widnes

Widnes hand duo new contracts

Widnes hand duo new contracts

Widnes Vikings have confirmed the contract extensions of Jake Spedding and Deon Cross. 

Cross has signed a one-year deal ahead of the 2021 season while Spedding has agreed a new two-year deal.

Spedding – who had previously spent time with St Helens, Sheffield Eagles and Barrow Raiders – begun the 2020 campaign in impressive fashion scoring four tries for the Vikings.

Spedding said on the deal: “It feels really good to have signed a new deal with the club.

“I settled in really well here and enjoyed the start of the season, and hopefully we can look forward to a full fixture list over the next two seasons.

“The aspirations of the club played a big part in my decision, because they are building towards eventually being a Super League outfit again. 

“Also, Tim being here another year was a big factor. His record speaks for itself; I’ve already picked lots of stuff up from him and look forward to continuing to work under him.”

Cross also joined the club from Barrow Raiders ahead of the 2020 season and had impressed in the opening weeks of the season scoring six tries across the Betfred Championship and Coral Challenge Cup. 

On his contract extension, Cross said: “I’m made up to have signed my new deal.

“I can finally relax a little now that my future has been sorted here at Widnes, and I can’t wait to get going again next year.

“One of the big factors that persuaded me to re-sign for the club was the aspirations that Widnes have of being a top Championship side who want to get back into Super League.

“The second reason was having Tim Sheens as a coach. He’s coached a number of world class players in his career, and if he can pass on some of the things, he has taught them to myself and the team that can only make me a better player. 

“Finally, as a big club Widnes have got a great fan base and show great support week in week out, and I’ve enjoyed playing in front of them in the first six games I’ve played in.”