Kieran Dixon makes permanent switch to the Vikings

Widnes Vikings have signed Kieran Dixon from Leigh Centurions on a permanent deal.

Dixon, 30, played five games for the Vikings on loan last season, scoring three tries, including a try on his debut against one of his former clubs, London Broncos.

The Hackney-born winger or full-back has scored more than 1100 career points, also featuring for Hull KR and York City Knights, as well as playing twice for England Knights.

He said: “It’s nice to get the deal over the line and I’m looking forward to coming in for the first day of pre-season.

“I enjoyed the loan spell a lot. I wasn’t playing much rugby at Leigh but had the opportunity to come here and play in front of the fans and enjoyed my time so it was a no brainer to come and stay on.

“It’s a club with a rich history and I knew some of the boys that are here and it made that transition across a lot easier than it is sometimes going to a brand new club, so I’m happy to be here.

“I spoke to John Kear about the potential for staying and it was an easy decision.

“Even being on loan, I had the backing of the fans, and just hearing the support for a player that’s not actually their player, to now become part of the squad I’m over the moon.

“With the new recruits we’ve got coming in, we’ll have a team that is going to challenge and be around the top end of the table.”

Dixon, who joins on a two-year deal, is the third new signing for the Vikings so far during the off-season, following Kyle Amor from St Helens and Jordan Johnstone from Hull FC.

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