Owen Buckley takes significant pay cut to stay at Widnes

Drew Darbyshire

Rising star Owen Buckley has taken a “significant pay cut” to sign a new two-year deal with hometown club Widnes.

The 20-year-old was already contracted to the Vikings on a full-time contract – but he has agreed to take a significant pay cut to remain at the Halton Stadium until the end of the 2021 season.

Buckley has made 15 appearances for the club so far, scoring ten tries.

He said: “I’m delighted to have signed a new deal at the club I’ve supported from an early age.

“I’ve been a fan and sat in the stands watching Widnes over the years, so to be able to run out and play for my hometown club is still a dream.

“The chance to work with one of the best coaches in the world in Tim Sheens is something me and the rest of the lads should be excited about, and I can’t wait to get going with the boys in pre-season again.

“I’ve had to bide my time a little with my playing time, so now I want to get my head down, work hard and try to force my way into the 17 next year.”

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