Clarke offers to be Vikings mascot if they finish in top four


Phil Clarke has offered to be Widnes Vikings‘ mascot for a game if the club manage to finish in the top four in Super League this season.

The Vikings currently find themselves at the top of Super League, having won five of their opening six league games, that include convincing wins over Leeds and Hull FC in recent weeks.

Clarke, who is part of Sky Sports rugby league team, has spoken in his column on the Sky Sports website of how impressed he has been by the club, and talks about his offer to be the club’s mascot.

“The Vikings have now scored 39 tries in six games and in Corey Thompson they possess a player who could finish the season with the top try scorer award,” Clarke told Sky Sports.

“In addition to him, they have Chris Houston in the second row and Setaimata Sa, but none of those players were big-money signings and I suppose you have to give credit to the coach.

“From what I see and hear, along with Daryl Powell, Denis Betts is the best coach in the competition and the team’s improvement is a reflection of his abaility, intelligence and experience.

“I am scared of making any predictions about where Widnes will finish in 2016. I have seen what Gary Lineker said about Leicester City and don’t want to strip down to my underwear!

“I still think that if they finish in the top eight after 23 rounds they will have done remarkably well but I am still not convinced that they will be able to do that.

“Go on then: if Widnes finish in the top four I will be their mascot for a match!”