Widnes swoop in for Leigh captain Harrison Hansen

Widnes have signed Leigh captain Harrison Hansen on a deal until the end of the 2019 season.

The 32-year-old was a fan favourite at the Centurions since his arrival from Salford Red Devils in 2016.

Hansen has played almost 400 senior career games and has representative honours for New Zealand and Samoa.

He won two Challenge Cups and two Super League Grand Finals with Wigan Warriors between 2010 and 2013, so he will no doubt add experience to the Vikings pack.

On the move, Hansen said: “I am excited to be joining Widnes Vikings.

“It has been a bit of a whirlwind 24 hours for me, but I believe that this move is the right one for me and my family. Representing Widnes Vikings offers a new challenge, helping the club to perform at its best and maintain its place in the Super League.

“I have always relished challenges and played well under pressure, so I know what it takes to help the Vikings in this year’s campaign. I am an honest, hard-working player, who always gives 100% and never takes a backward step, so I hope that I can give both the team and the fans a real lift at this stage in the season.

“Widnes Vikings have some really talented players in their side, and I’m very impressed by the young players coming through here, so I’m looking to help this team to fulfil its potential. Hopefully we can turn a few heads for the remainder of the season and into 2019.”

Vikings coach Francis Cummins is delighted to have secured the services of Hansen.

He said: “We are delighted to be signing Harrison, not just for this vital stage of the season, but also as we prepare for the 2019 campaign too.

“Harrison offers real experience and leadership to the team, having played in some quality environments and featured in high-pressure games throughout his career.

“He will bring real presence to either our middle or our edge, as someone who plays with real intent and offers power in defence. I am sure that he will go on to become a favourite of our members and supporters.”

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