Ted Chapelhow Signs Up For 2019

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28th September 2018

Widnes Vikings can reveal that Ted Chapelhow has become the latest person to commit his future to the Club, signing a new one-year deal for the 2019 season.

Chapelhow is a product of the Vikings’ Academy having started his journey in 2011, being picked up at scholarship level alongside twin brother Jay from community club, West Bank Bears. He went on to gain international honours in 2014, picking up two caps for England Under 18s against a touring Australia side.

After making 21 appearances for Whitehaven in the Championship during the 2015 season, Ted signed his first professional contract with the Vikings as he looked to break into the first-team fold. He did just that the following season, coming off the bench in the final game of the 2016 season away to Castleford Tigers to make his Super League debut.

The 23-year-old has gone on to make 20 appearances for the Vikings in total, with 12 of those outings coming in the current campaign.

Ted Chapelhow, says: “I’m buzzing. It was an easy decision once Widnes said they wanted to retain me, I just instantly knew what I was going to do. 

“I love this Club, I’ve been a part of it since I was younger and supported the team from the stands, too. It was just an easy decision, I knew I wanted to stay.

“The Championship is still a competitive league, I’ve been fortunate enough to play in it. The main goal is to bring the Club back up to Super League, and I think that’s what I really want to do next year.

“I really care about this Club and want it to be successful, and this is just another process we have to go through to get to that point.

“The past two years for the fans haven’t been enjoyable and it’s not enjoyable as well losing as players, so we want to change that. The Club are trying to keep a core group of players that it means the world to play for them and wear the shirt, and if we can do that I think we can challenge for promotion under the new system.”

Phil Finney, Head of Youth at Widnes Vikings, says: “Ted is a player we believe can really improve into an important player for the club in the coming years.  

“He has already played a significant amount of games for his age in the front row for Widnes, along with a number of dual-registration partners. This has given him a really strong platform to make a claim to be a regular next year.

“His work ethic and desire to play for the club he supports is going to be an important factor in his progression, of which we all believe will be clear to see in the near future.  

“Ted is another one of our players that has graduated from the Academy programme and understands the importance of having the opportunity to represent the club and the significance it has in the local community.”

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