Cummins discusses Hauraki signing

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7th June 2018

Widnes Vikings interim head coach, Francis Cummins, has given his thoughts on the latest new signing, Weller Hauraki.

The New Zealand Maori international arrives for the remainder of the 2018 season, with centre Ed Chamberlain and prop Greg Burke moving in the opposite direction.

Hauraki, who was the Salford Red Devils club captain, will provide added competition in the forward pack for the remainder of the campaign, following the recent injury to Hep Cahill.

Cummins is delighted with the acquisition and believes that Hauraki can use his leadership qualities to help the Vikings.

He said: “We’re excited to have the opportunity to bring someone in who has Super League experience and there’s no doubt that he’s going to give us an extra lift and a bit of threat, as well as increasing the competition for places.

“I think leadership is one area that we’ve lost. We’ve had lots of effort, but we haven’t had someone to calm us down and do the right things at the right time. That only comes with experience, which is what Weller will bring.

“It is the senior players that can really guide the younger ones around. We’ve got this deal done now and it’s good to attract a player from a rival club. We’re confident that we’ll be better for it.”

Cummins also paid tribute to Chamberlain and Burke, who both made valuable contributions to the Club during their time at the Halton Stadium.

“There were circumstances in which Ed had already agreed to sign with Salford for next year. I’m glad for him because he’s a great example of somebody coming through our system. We turned him from an academy lad into a first-team player and Ireland international. I couldn't have asked for any more from Ed.

“Greg had the opportunity to play more first-team rugby and put himself in the shop window, which I’m not sure he would have got at the Vikings. 

“Whilst they’ve got two more numbers in, I’m more than happy with Weller. We needed to weigh up where our threat was and where we needed cover. You’ve got to make these decisions and stand by them.”

Weller Hauraki is proudly sponsored by West End Motors and Liverpool Gin.

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