Vikings have no hard feelings over Clarke captaincy

Widnes captain Jon Clarke says the rest of his side have no issues with him walking into the club and immediately taking the captaincy.

Clarke has joined the Vikings after 11 seasons at local rivals Warrington Wolves, and joins 14 other new additions to Denis Betts’ side. 

But Clarke says there are no hard feelings between him and remaining players from last season’s Vikings squad. 

Speaking exclusivly to Love Rugby League, Clarke said: “We’re a new team and somebody had to be made captain. That is Dennis’ choice and that’s fine.

“Briscoe is vice captain, but then you go around and there is Ben Cross whose a very experienced player. Rhys Hanbury is an experienced lad, so I don’t think there are any issues between any of the players.”

Clarke admits that there may be a few hiccups along the way as the new Widnes side get to know each other, but insists the team have bonded well already.

He said: “I think we’ve gelled fantastically well, not only as as players and team mates, but as friends off the pitch as well. 

“I think we have done a good job in getting ourselves together quite quickly really. Having only spent seven or eight weeks together, its going to take time to get that match experience you know you need as a new group of players, but that’ll come over the course of the season.”

32-year old Clarke has previously played for Wigan and the original London Broncos establishment before hooking up with the Wolves. Coming to the end of his career, Clarke is happy to finally take on a leaders’ role.

He said: “Many legends have led this team over the years so it’s a great honour.

“I’m enjoying the sort of leadership role that comes with being captain. Hopefully we can lead the team into a good performance on Friday.”


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