It has been a frustrating start to the season for Chris Dean.
The Vikings second row or centre who previously played for St Helens and Wakefield has consistently been one of the unsung Widnes heroes since they returned to Super League.
And, having not played in any of the Vikings previous eight Super League fixtures, he returned to Denis Betts’ derby day squad for the 19-10 defeat to Warrington.
Betts was pleased to see him back.
He said: “Chris Dean was back tonight which was a real positive. I thought he looked really strong on that edge. I was really happy with his contribution.
“I thought he offered lots of threat which we’ve been lacking a bit with our back rowers.”
Easter Monday sees the Vikings on the road to Headingley where they will face Leeds Rhinos.
Betts added: “I’m hopeful that I could have Lloyd White and Jack Buchanan back in the mix. Corey Thompson didn’t play tonight, just wasn’t selected but will be up for selection on Monday, the same for Tom Gilmore, so there are a couple of players that are on the edge of it.
“I think I’ve lost Matt Whitley due to concussion.”
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