Widnes land Halifax star Adam Tangata

Widnes have signed Halifax front-rower Adam Tangata on a two-year deal.

The 27-year old, who can play also play in the back-row or at loose forward, has almost 100 appearances in England with Championship side Halifax, scoring 26 tries.

Tangata has international experience with Cook Islands, where he was born. He has earned five caps for the country.

On his move to Widnes, Tangata said: “I’m excited to sign, and it’s a great opportunity for me to come and play for Widnes.

“This is a club that is family-orientated and is ready made to rebuild and progress. To be in this environment, in a full-time capacity, is something I can’t wait to start and I’m looking forward to getting pre-season underway.

“For myself personally, I needed a new challenge in my career and I am truly grateful for this opportunity.

“Having spoken with James Rule and then hearing that the club is placed at the heart of the community, I was delighted. That is where I think every club should be. Whilst I was at Halifax, I was big on making an impact both on and off the field and being a part of the community, so I want to continue doing the same here.

“I’m a proud person, and for someone who has come from where I have, I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to be playing for a club like Widnes.”

Vikings chief executive James Rule says: “Adam is a quality player that we have admired for some time, and indeed attempted to sign in the past.

“He will add real quality to our pack but will also to our wider club culture.

“I’ve been impressed talking to Adam to hear the passion he has to contribute not just on the field but also in supporting our community engagement and making a difference to the lives of people within our town and surrounding areas.”

Tangata’s move to the Vikings is subject to visa approval.