Widnes prop Phil Joseph has been handed a new two-year contract extension.
Joseph, 29, joined the Vikings at the beginning of 2013 after a successful trial period, and has become a key figure of Denis Betts’ pack.
He said: “I’m ecstatic to be signing a contract extension at the Vikings. It’s great to get a new deal as it gives me that bit of extra security and now I can concentrate on my Rugby. We are on a very exciting journey here. If you look at where we were a few years ago to now; in the top five of Super League and in the Quarter-Finals of the Challenge Cup, it’s so positive and I’m happy to be a part of it.
“I’m pleased with the way I’m going, I’ve set myself a big goal of representing my country (England) and I’m working hard to try and put myself in the frame for that. I’m a little disappointed that I’ve picked up an injury at the moment but hopefully I’ll be back soon to continue where I left off.
“We have a great culture at Widnes and it’s one which is very different to what I’ve experienced before. We have a fantastic group of lads here, are a very tight bunch and work hard for each other and I think that shows in what we’ve done already this year.”
Huddersfield-born Joseph spent much of his career in the National Leagues before taking a chance on earning a full-time deal with Bradford in 2012.
Widnes coach Betts said: “Phil deserved the reward of an extension. He’s an integral member of the squad. His work rate is really high and he adds value to us in everything he does.
“Securing Phil’s services at the Club for that little bit longer gives him that extra security and focus to keep working hard at his game at a Club that is developing.”