18th August 2020, 11:05 | Widnes
Widnes Vikings have confirmed the signing of Steve Tyrer on a one-year deal after the centre recently left Halifax.
Tyrer had spent nine years at The Shay racking up 217 appearances, 115 tries, 770 goals and exactly 2000 points, which means he leaves Halifax as the club’s second-highest point scorer of all-time.
The 31-year-old has previously played for the Vikings making 37 appearances and scoring 28 tries between 2008 and 2011. Tyrer’s career began with hometown club St Helens while he has also enjoyed spells with North Wales Crusaders and Salford Red Devils.
Tyrer said: “I’m delighted to have signed for the club. It is a club that has always been close to my heart really since I first played there in 2008, so to get another crack at it is something I am really looking forward to.
“I’ve got some really good friends here at the club already in Shane Grady, Matty Smith, Danny Craven and Jack Owens, so getting to play alongside some of my good mates again was a big factor.
“I live in Widnes and have done for 12 years now, so in a way it is my hometown club. Then there is Tim [Sheens], the first time I spoke to him I was sold straight away really.
“It was always going to take a lot for me to leave Halifax because I had been there for so long, and Widnes was probably the only club I would have left for. I feel like I have a bit of a point to prove at Widnes after how I left last time, so I am quite hungry for the challenge.
“I honestly don’t think you will get a better spine in the competition than what Widnes have got. The foundations they have there is already exciting, then you’ve got some real good young kids who have come through.
“The young lads might be inconsistent at times but now with more older heads at the club, they can help guide the younger lads through that kind of challenge. I think we have put together a decent squad and it’s all coming together nicely.”