Liam Walsh Signs New Deal

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1st May 2018

Widnes Vikings forward, Liam Walsh, has signed a new three-year contract with the club, extending his deal until at least the end of the 2021 season.  In doing so, Walsh joins the likes of Matt Whitley, Brad Walker and Danny Walker in being part of a wave of outstanding young talent making a long-term commitment to the club.

Widnes-local Walsh, 19, has been part of the Vikings setup since the age of 14, when he signed on scholarship terms. In 2017, he made his debut for Widnes Vikings, impressing in the Easter-Monday away tie against Leeds Rhinos.

The talented second row has represented England at every stage of the international youth pathway. He is currently in his final year in the Widnes Vikings Under 19s and has played four games for the team this season. 

Liam proudly played for his local community club, Halton Farnworth Hornets, and studied at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College.

Liam Walsh says: “This is the best club for me to develop in my career. I’ve been at Widnes since I was a kid and I love it here. These are exciting times for the club, with the young players we are bringing through. We’ve worked together for years now and there is real potential for us to achieve great things in the coming years.

It was an honour to make my debut for my hometown club last year and I’m looking for more. Having missed the start of the Academy season this year with injury, I’ve been pleased to have come back and show improvements. I’m looking to kick on and establish myself in the first team in the seasons ahead.”

Denis Betts says: “This signing demonstrates the intent that we have as a group. It is great that Liam has committed for this length of time. He is on a path now, coming out of the Academy, where player development is key. He is aiming to enhance his career and play regularly, and this type of competition from our young players is very healthy for the overall squad. Liam has lots of potential that needs nurturing – a three-year contract allows us to do that.”

He added, “Our young boys are being chased by other clubs, because of the potential they have. It has been pleasing to secure a number of long-term renewals from our young talent in the past two seasons. The young players are happy here and committed, and that is of great satisfaction to me and the coaching team.”

Phil Finney, Head of Youth Performance at Widnes Vikings, says: “Liam has experienced some challenging times during his Academy years and has had to show a lot of character and determination to overcome them. At Widnes Vikings, we are working to a long-term plan – we want to identify players who have are capable of playing in the Super League and to enable them to achieve that goal. Our job is to nurture the boys through any tough times that they face and support them to reach their full potential, so it is pleasing to see Liam to take this next step in his career. 

Liam has quality attributes as a player - he is powerful, aggressive and fast. His goal now is to steer clear of injury and stake a claim for the first team. He has showed great loyalty to Widnes Vikings in the past, turning down significant interest from other clubs, so it is pleasing to see that faith now repaid with a long-term deal that can allow him to transition from being an Academy player with lots of potential to an established first team player.” 

Liam is proudly sponsored by Widnes Dry Cleaners.

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