Widnes Vikings can confirm that we have agreed to a request from Kieran Dixon to release him from his contract to pursue new opportunities.

Dixon, 31, joined the club on loan in 2022 before making his move permanent ahead of the 2023 season, he has gone on to make 38 appearances, scoring 25 tries.

Head Coach Allan Coleman: “It’s a tough one to be losing ‘Dicko’, I’ve said all year I’ve had probably the best four wingers in the competition, the strength there is phenomenal.

“But now with everyone fit, there is always going to be at least two players on the touchline.

“Kieran wasn’t going to be retained next year. We’ve got to be smart about our business and how we strengthen our squad for next year which means we have to make sacrifices.

“He goes with our best wishes, he’s been an absolute professional, a superb rugby player but more than anything a superb bloke.”

As Kieran wasn’t going to be retained next year, he asked if he could be released to enable him to pursue other opportunities to secure his future, which the club agreed to.

The club is actively looking to strengthen our squad for this season and this now gives us more scope to do that.

Everyone at the club would like to thank Kieran for his service over the past three seasons and wish him all the best.