Widnes coach Denis Betts has bolstered his 2013 squad with the permanent signing of former Bradford forward Phil Joseph.
Joseph, 27, had been training with the Vikings on a trial basis since pre-season training began and it seems he has done enough to impress Head Coach Betts, who recently signed an extended deal at the club himself.
He said: “Everybody has helped me settle in really quickly and I’m very happy to be here.
“The set-up at Widnes is extremely professional and I’m finding myself blown away every single day with just how well we are looked after as players, and the facilities that are in place at the club.
“I’ll play wherever is best for the team. I’m a 100% player who gives it his all for his mates. Being able to play in numerous positions can surely only benefit both the team and myself individually, moving forward.
“Now that I’ve had my first run-out in a Widnes shirt, in front of our own supporters, I’m chomping at the bit even more. I’ve got a point to prove this year and I’m going to go for it!”
Joseph turned out for the Vikings in the Boxing Day friendly defeat against Warrington, featuring at both hooker and prop.
Betts said: “Phil has done everything we have asked of him, fitted in well and has become a really strong member of our group.
“He has enhanced our environment, his training and work ethic are exemplary and he thoroughly deserves his contract.
“As we witnessed against Warrington, playing in the middle unit, he offers us plenty of versatility on the field, has a very good pass off the floor, some great footwork and ultimately, offers us lots of go-forward.
“When I initially spoke with him, two of the many things that resonated with me and lit me up were his desire and his keenness to get his career back on the right track.”
Joseph, who has previously played for Huddersfield and Hull KR will wear squad number 23 for Widnes.