Widnes secure the services of Pat Moran

James Messenger

Widnes Vikings have announced the signing of Pat Moran on a one-year deal ahead of the 2020 season. 

The former Warrington Wolves front rower joins the Vikings having spent the 2019 season on loan with Sheffield.

The 21-year-old scored five times in 12 appearances for the Eagles, having also enjoyed three spells with Rochdale on dual-registration.

He has been named in the Ireland squad for their upcoming 2021 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers, and will be looking to secure a place in the 17 when they face Spain in Valencia this weekend.

On the news, Moran said: “I feel over the moon to sign a contract with Widnes Vikings. It is a fantastic club with a rich history and I just want to get started with pre-season and meet the rest of the team and coaching staff.

“Hopefully I get the opportunity to gain a lot more game time and can gain experience from other players within the squad and the quality coaching staff.

“I’m really looking forward to working under Tim Sheens, he is a coach with plenty of experience and I look forward to learning and developing with him as a player under his management.

“I want to help the team push up and challenge for a top place in the Championship, giving us the best chance to eventually gain promotion, and it would be amazing to be a part of the club’s history. I’m determined to give the fans what they want and get them back into the Super League where Widnes belong.

“I’ve learnt that the Championship is just as tough and competitive as Super League. I’ve gained a lot of knowledge playing within different teams and being exposed to different players, so hopefully I can bring this along with me to Widnes. Being on loan has helped me over the years, any opportunity you get to get on the field is only going to help you develop as a player.

“Leaving Warrington was bitter sweet after six years with the club, and I can’t thank the club enough for what they for done for me.

“They have developed me from a young age and gave me an opportunity last season to play in Super League. Obviously I want to be playing as much as I can though, and coming to Widnes I’m hoping to get more game time and opportunities.”

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