Adam Lawton returns to Widnes

Widnes have re-signed forward Adam Lawton on a one-year deal.

The 27-year-old came through the ranks at hometown club Widnes, playing 15 games for the Vikings between 2013-14.

Lawton since enjoyed spells with Redcliffe Dolphins, West Bank Bears, Salford and Newcastle. He had initially agreed to join Ottawa Aces for 2021 – but the Canadian club then decided to postpone their entry to League 1 until 2022 because of the pandemic. Lawton will return to the Vikings for 2021.

Lawton said: “It’s amazing to have signed back at the club.

“I’ve always been a Widnes fan, a season ticket holder for 10 years, so I am made up to be back. A lot of people don’t even get one chance to represent their hometown, but I get the chance to come back, settle some unfinished business and hopefully stay here for a few years now.

“I’m not dwelling on the Ottawa situation, things happen for a reason and I’m made up to be back at Widnes. I’d like to thank Phil Finney and Simon Finnigan for giving me this opportunity, and I will be working hard to repay the faith they have shown in me.

“After having a break from the sport I think I have matured and I know what it means now to be a rugby player, I took that for granted in the past. This time around I’m more mature, I know what it means to the fans with me being one of them.

“It’ll be a spine-tingling moment when we finally get to walk out in front of the fans. It’ll bring back all the memories of my first time at the club and that will give me the hunger to do better than last time. I used to be on the North Stand myself, so I know exactly what it is like to be on those terraces.”

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