Widnes have confirmed that academy full-back Ed Chamberlain has inked a new two-year professional contract with the club.
Chamberlain has been a part of the Vikings’ academy set-up for three years, and joins Matt Whitley and Brad Walker in stepping up into the senior ranks from the youth system.
“The academy system has got better and better in the three years I have been at the club,” said Chamberlain.
“It means so much to me to sign a new deal. Three years ago I was released from Warrington and at that point I didn’t think I would have another chance to make it as a pro rugby player.
“I have worked really hard during my time in the Academy so to be offered this new deal means a lot.
“I am hoping to get a few games for the first team in the not too distant future.
“In the meantime I am enjoying playing alongside the other academy lads and getting some game time at partner clubs like Whitehaven.”
Widnes head of youth Phil Finney is delighted that Chamberlain’s hard work has paid off.
“Ed has worked really hard over the past few seasons at the club and as a result has progressed significantly,” he said.
“Ed is a player capable of producing brilliant displays of skill and hopefully with his immediate future secured he will be able to showcase such skill at first team level.
“Ed exemplifies what can be achieved if you commit yourself to achieving a goal and pursue it with determination and perseverance and so he is a great example for younger players to follow.”