Joe Lyons Commits To 2019

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23rd October 2018

Joe Lyons has become the latest player to commit his future to Widnes Vikings ahead of the 2019 season. 

Lyons has been with the Vikings since the age of 14, being picked up at Scholarship level after playing his junior rugby with local community club, Moorfield ARLFC.

Joe then went on to work his way through the ranks at the club, progressing to U19s captain for the 2017 season. That year proved to be a great one for the Widnes-born youngster, as his performances were rewarded with his first professional contract.

2018 saw Lyons feature 16 times for partner club, North Wales Crusaders on dual registration, impressing with his displays in the Betfred League 1 competition.

The 20-year-old then went on to make his first team debut against Leeds Rhinos in this year’s Super 8s campaign, holding his own against the reigning Super League champions. His performance from the halfback position ensured he retained his place in the side for the remaining games against Halifax RLFC, Toronto Wolfpack and Hull Kingston Rovers.

Joe Lyons says: “I’m made up to be staying. Widnes is the only place that I want to play my rugby so it was a no-brainer for me. 

“Whilst from a club perspective, last year wasn’t great, I feel 2018 went well for me personally. 

“My spell with Crusaders helped me to develop as a player and keep match fit for when I was given the chance at Widnes. It was a great honour for me to make my debut for my hometown club this year and then stay in the side for the back end of the Qualifiers. 

“There’s a lot of young talent at the club that is coming through, and that’s why I wanted to stay as I feel like we can do something with this group of lads. 

“Widnes is a club that needs to be in Super League so I, along with the rest of the lads, will be doing everything we can to get promoted at the first attempt next year.”

Phil Finney, Performance Director at Widnes Vikings, says: “Joe is another one of our players who has progressed from our Academy system to the first team squad. 

“Joe has shown great dedication and determination since joining the club as a fourteen year old. He had a great year last year playing for North Wales Crusaders, which enabled him to earn his opportunity at senior level with us.”

“We are all looking forward to seeing how Joe develops with another pre-season of training.” 

Joe is proudly sponsored by Cheshire Plumbing Supplies. 

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