Widnes have given young winger Paddy Flynn a new three-year contract after his impressive start to the new season.
The Vikings have now moved to secure the future of the Thatto Heath youngster following rumours of interest from Super League clubs.
Sporting Director Terry O’Connor said: “Paddy’s signing shows the Club’s intention for investing in its youth development.
“People within the sport have acknowledged Paddy’s potential and progress in the game and within three years he could be pushing for International honours. We see this signing as an integral part of our Club’s policy to recruit and develop our own stars of the future.”
Head Coach Paul Cullen has been impressed with Flynn since arriving at the Stobart Stadium.
He said: “Since my arrival at the Club, Paddy has been one of our most consistent players and has shown all the attributes of a top class player. I’m sure if he continues to work hard he will develop into a first class winger.”
Flynn, who has scored seven tries this term, said, “I’m delighted to have signed a long term deal with the Club that will keep me here until 2012 by which time I hope we will be in Super League. The foundations of a top class team are here and I hope to play my part as we build a side to help achieve our goal.”