Matt Whitley commits future to Widnes

Widnes forward Matt Whitley has signed a new three-year deal with the Vikings.

Whitley, 22, came through the club’s academy system and has made 82 appearances since making his debut in 2015.

He was nominated for Super League Young Player of the Year in 2016 and was selected in the England Knights performance squad earlier this year.

Coach Denis Betts said: “I am delighted that we have been able to secure someone of Matt’s quality for the coming three seasons. Matt has been outstanding since breaking into the first team and has established himself as a vital player.

“To commit someone of his quality and experience to a long-term deal, when there was interest elsewhere, is very positive for the club. He is finding his best form again and has made a real difference to the team this season. I am excited to see what he will bring to the team in the years ahead.”

Whitley, who has made 10 appearances this campaign, is now committed to Widnes until the end of 2021.

He added: “I’m made up to commit my future here. It’s great to sign a long-term deal and continue to do what I’ve been doing in the first team.

“I love playing here – we have a good set of lads and some exciting young players coming through.

“The coaches have been brilliant with me, from the academy team led by Phil Finney, right up to the first-team staff, so it was a no-brainer to sign this new deal.

“It’s been a brilliant start to the season for me personally, with the England Knights call up and now the new contract.

“The aim for this season is to continue to play well and help push us further up the table. I am excited by what we can achieve together in the coming years.”

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