Widnes hand new deal to Flynn

James Gordon

Widnes have handed a two-year contract extension to winger Paddy Flynn, keeping him at the club until the end of 2014.

Flynn, 24, made his Vikings debut back in 2008 and has scored 55 tries in 89 appearances for the club, including six tries in eight appearances this season.

Head Coach Denis Betts told the club’s official website: “I’m thrilled for Paddy and I’m thrilled for the club.

“He has been exceptional for us this year and really knuckled down and worked hard. For someone who has only been full-time for such a short time, he has come on leaps and bounds.

“He’s very much a modern day winger. He’s big, he’s strong, he’s fast and he loves to get you a quick play the ball. He is outstanding at kick-returns, carries the ball into tough places and can also score you some fantastic tries, too.

“His performances in the side have been exemplary but the exciting thing is that he’s still got a lot to learn and there’s more to come from him.

“We’re very fortunate that he’s come through our system and been in and around the club for a number of years and as much as we’re keen to develop him, he shares our enthusiasm and is keen to become an even better player whilst he’s here.”

Flynn played for Widnes in the Championship last season, making his Super League debut in the 66-6 defeat against Huddersfield in round two.

He has scored three of Widnes’ four tries away from home in 2012, with prop Sione Kite the only player other than Flynn to have scored a try away from the Stobart Stadium for the Super League new boys this season.