Widnes have today announced the signing of Liam Carberry from Wigan on a one-year contract.
Carberry, 20, is a hooker or loose forward who represented England at under-18’s level.
The delighted Carberry had this to say: “I’m really pleased to have signed for Widnes. They are a club who have always had a strong interest in me and to tell you the truth, I almost signed for them two years ago.
“I’m confident that settling in will be pretty easy and I’m hoping to feel as comfortable as possible from day one.
“I can’t wait to get started and fortunately, I already know a few of the lads at the club and they all talk really highly of the place.
“Denis Betts has done a lot for the club over the past few years and I’ve no doubt that there is still plenty more to come from him and the team.
“It’s exciting to realise that I am going to be a part of the set-up at Widnes and because I’ve only signed a one-year deal, I’ll be looking to prove myself from the very first day.”
Head coach Betts added: “Liam is a quality player who we first tried to bring to the club a couple of years ago. He’s a big, strong, solid number nine who can also play in the loose forward position.
“He was a highly sought after junior player with a great pedigree and I genuinely believe that somebody else’s loss is our gain.
“Given the untimely and unfortunate injury to Grant Gore which resulted in him sustaining a broken kneecap at the end of last season, it is important that we head into next season with plenty of depth in our squad.”