Joe Lyons commits to Widnes for 2019

Drew Darbyshire

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Joe Lyons has signed a one-year deal with Widnes for the 2019 season.

The 20-year-old has been at the Vikings since he was 14 after being picked up at Scholarship level while playing for his local community club, Moorfield ARLFC.

Lyons made his first-team debut against Leeds Rhinos in The Qualifiers and then went on to play another three games. He also featured 16 times for North Wales Crusaders on dual-registration in 2018.

On his new deal, Lyons said: “Widnes is the only place that I want to play my rugby so it was a no-brainer for me.

“Whilst from a club perspective, last year wasn’t great, I feel 2019 went well for me personally.

“My spell with Crusaders helped me to develop as a player and keep match-fit for when I was given the chance at Widnes. It was a great honour for me to make my debut for my hometown club this year and then stay in the side for the back end of The Qualifiers.

“There’s a lot of young talent at the club that is coming through, and that’s why I wanted to stay as I feel like we can do something with this group of lads.

“Widnes is a club that needs to be in Super League so I, along with the rest of the lads, will be doing everything we can to get promoted at the first attempt next year.”