6th August 2020, 12:27 | Widnes
Widnes Vikings have confirmed the signing of experienced forward Matt Cook from Castleford Tigers at the end of the current Betfred Super League season on a one-year deal.
Cook has made almost 300 appearances during a career spanning 16 years, with over 100 coming with the Tigers. The 33-year old featured in the 2017 Super League Grand Final after helping Castleford to the League Leaders’ Shield earlier that season.
Cook’s career began with Bradford Bulls in 2004 with the Englishman coming on from the interchange bench as the Bulls won the 2006 World Club Challenge against Wests Tigers in 2006. Cook also enjoyed spells with Hull Kingston Rovers and London Broncos before moving to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle in 2015.
He said: “One of the big reasons for me to sign at Widnes and not any other Championship club is that my Dad is a born and bred Widnes lad.
“Tim Sheens reached out to me when he realised, I was available and off contract, putting the feelers out to see if I would be keen to jump on board and join the Vikings next year.
“It made perfect sense. I live nearby in Warrington and I’ve been commuting to Castleford over the last six years, so it was a great opportunity to join Widnes who are very local to me.
“It’s also a chance to play under Tim Sheens who has been very successful over the years, and a real opportunity to hopefully do something special at Widnes.
“I know Widnes has got a massive history and I think they are a team that should in Super League. With the fan base, the history and the facilities they have I really think Super League is calling it’s just a case of getting back there now.”