Owen Buckley commits future to Widnes

Widnes winger Owen Buckley has become the latest player to commit his future to the club.

Buckley, 19, made his first team debut this season and went on to score three tries in seven appearances.

The Vikings academy product is now committed to the club until the end of 2020.

He said: “I’m buzzing to have secured my future. It was a big commitment for me but it’s one I’m ready to take and show to the fans how loyal I am to this club.

“Since I was young, I’ve always been a Widnes fan, so to play here was always the dream. With all the young lads coming through at the minute, it’s something that is going to be worth the wait for the fans.

“All of the lads in the Academy are really close, and we’ve all come through the same system, so we know what it means to play for Widnes.

“I’ve had to bide my time a little this year with the experienced lads ahead of me, but I’ve got to use that, take in those experiences, and try and get in the team on a regular basis in 2019.”

Widnes revealed on Wednesday that they had offered deals to all of their players under 22, following relegation to the Championship.

That means they will likely be entitled to compensation should any of those players opt to move elsewhere.

Hooker Danny Walker is being heavily linked to his hometown club Warrington.

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