Warrington have signed hooker Danny Walker from Widnes on a three-year deal.
The 19-year-old now joins his hometown club Warrington after coming through the academy at their rivals Widnes.
Walker played his junior rugby for Rylands Sharks and Crosfields before joining the Vikings’ academy system.
“I’ve supported Warrington all of my life and my family has too and I used to stand on the terraces so it means the world to me to have signed,” the England Academy star said.
I can’t wait to get started and play with all the boys as there’s some exceptional talent. I’ve always kept an eye on Warrington and secretly had a little cheer if they got the win; unless it was against my former team of course.
“I can’t wait for it to happen, to actually pull on the primrose and blue and get out there to show what I’ve got. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do I just didn’t expect it to come as soon as it has.
“I hope to bring a little bit of speed, quicken things up off the back of some big fellas. I know Daz Clark does a good job of it at the minute but hopefully I can bring something a bit different; a bit of aggression for a small lad. I just can’t wait to see what it brings.”
Warrington coach Steve Price is glad to have secured Walker’s services for 2019.
“I heard good things from all my coaching staff who have a very high opinion of Danny having come through our local system,” he said.
“From that I took a strong interest in him and I see a lot of improvement in him as he’s only young.
“I’ve watched him in a number of Widnes games throughout the season. He’s got a lot speed and is quite creative and tough.
“I’m excited to get him to our club and for the future. There’s a lot more to come from him.”