Ah Van signs short-term deal

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2nd August 2019

Widnes Vikings are delighted to announce that Patrick Ah Van has re-signed on a short-term deal until the end of the season, allowing the winger to be available for selection in the 1895 Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

Ah Van had originally linked up with Kieron Purtill’s side on a four-week deal, which came to an end on Sunday after he played a pivotal role in helping the Vikings defeat Leigh Centurions 12-8 at the Leigh Sports Village.

Following the expiration of his initial agreement, Patrick has now agreed a deal with the club until the end of the current season, making him available for the club’s trip to Wembley in the 1895 Cup Final. 

However, should the winger receive offers from elsewhere to prolong his career beyond the current season, the Vikings will support his decision and grant his release with the club’s blessing. 

The winger pushed himself through the pain barrier during the second half of the Vikings’ 1895 Cup Semi-Final after picking up a gruesome ankle injury that could have forced him from the field, however he battled on and was a key figure in securing the Vikings’ spot in the final.

Pat became a fan favourite in his seven seasons with the club, initially arriving at the Halton Stadium in 2012, and made a try scoring return against Rochdale Hornets, crossing the whitewash twice and picking up the Man of the Match award.

The Vikings winger also featured away to Halifax, before helping the club return to Wembley for the first time since 1993 thanks to an outstanding semi-final triumph over Leigh.

Ah Van has spent the 2019 season with Villeghailhenc-Aragon XIII in the Elite Two Championship in France, and following the end of the French season he offered to help the club out in their bid to end the Betfred Championship campaign by winning silverware.

Across his two spells with the club, Ah Van has racked up 121 appearances for the Vikings, scored 93 tries and kicked 73 goals, amassing 518 points during that time.

Patrick Ah Van commented: “I’m really happy to get it sorted. I only came back into the club because some of the boys asked me to help out when a few injuries happened. 

“I’ve been following how Widnes had been getting on this year whilst I was over in France, and I saw we had injuries, so I offered my services to Kieron. A few of them are now back to full fitness, so I’ve got some work to do to stay in the team!

“Being part of the team that got to the final last weekend was great. I didn’t want to just re-sign and be part of Wembley for myself, but for the lads and the fans who have been through such a tough time at the start of the year. 

“It was one of the best experiences I’ve had at Widnes winning at Leigh and getting through to Wembley. 

“Ever since I signed for Widnes all those years ago, nobody seemed to give us a chance with anything. That was the same on Sunday, nobody gave us a chance to go and win that game, and it was an unreal feeling to know I’ve played a part in helping us get there. 

“I just want to thank the fans here for the reception they’ve given me since I came back. They’re doing unbelievably good things in the stands and we need them to stay behind the team. I also want to thank Kieron, who has been awesome with me and helped me a lot since I came back.”

Phil Finney, Chief Executive of Widnes Vikings, says: “Widnes Vikings would firstly like to thank Patrick for offering his services to us on a short-term deal when we were short on bodies in the squad.

“He is a player with huge experience and ability, and is a well liked figure around the club, who adds quality and depth to the squad.

“Pat has been associated with the Vikings for a number of years, so it’s great that he can be part of the squad that travels down to Wembley, the club’s first appearance there since 1993.

“A massive thank you also needs to go to Landscape World and Chris Price for supporting this with some external funding to secure Patrick’s services until the end of the current year.  

“Landscape World have been a long-standing supporter of the club, and it’s fantastic to see the commitment of one of our sponsors to help supplement the success of our club.”

Patrick Ah Van is proudly sponsored by Teeling Management & Paul Astbury.

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