Liam Walsh commits future to Widnes

Drew Darbyshire

Widnes youngster Liam Walsh has signed a new three-year contract with the Vikings, extending his deal until the end of 2021.

The 19-year-old joins the likes of Matt Whitley, Brad Walker and Danny Walker in making a long-term commitment to the club.

Walsh has been part of the Vikings set-up since the age of 14. In 2017, he made his first team debut in their Easter Monday defeat at Leeds Rhinos.

The England Academy back-rower is delighted to extend his stay at the Halton Stadium.

He said: “This is the best club for me to develop in my career.

“I’ve been at Widnes since I was a kid and I love it here. These are exciting times for the club, with the young players we are bringing through. We’ve worked together for years now and there is real potential for us to achieve great things in the coming years.

“It was an honour to make my debut for my hometown club last year and I’m looking for more.

“Having missed the start of the Academy season this year with injury, I’ve been pleased to have come back and show improvements. I’m looking to kick on and establish myself in the first team in the seasons ahead.”

Vikings head coach Denis Betts is happy to see Walsh sign a new deal.

He said: “This signing demonstrates the intent that we have as a group.

“It is great that Liam has committed for this length of time. He is on a path now, coming out of the Academy, where player development is key. He is aiming to enhance his career and play regularly, and this type of competition from our young players is very healthy for the overall squad. Liam has lots of potential that needs nurturing and a three-year contract allows us to do that.

“Our young boys are being chased by other clubs, because of the potential they have.

“It has been pleasing to secure a number of long-term renewals from our young talent in the past two seasons. The young players are happy here and committed, and that is of great satisfaction to me and the coaching team.”