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Irish forward signs new Widnes deal

Widnes Vikings forward Calum O’Neill has signed a new deal for the 2021 season.

The 20-year-old has represented Ireland at U16s and U19s, and was also part of the train-on squad at the World Cup and European Championships.

He made his debut for Widnes last year, and marked it with a try against Leigh Centurions.

In 2020, despite playing in friendlies against Castleford Tigers and Rochdale Hornets, he has mainly been in the reserves. He appeared in four of their five matches before the season was cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

He told the club website: “It’s great to have signed a new deal with the club, especially as it means so much to me and my family.

“The experience of making my debut in 2019 was something I’ll never forget, and now I am keen to hit the ground running for the new season once it is safe to do so.

“I’m looking forward to a big year in 2021, where my aim is to prove myself to the fans and show that I deserve a regular spot in the First Team.

“Tim Sheens was a big reason behind me signing another deal here at Widnes, I’ve really enjoyed working with him since he arrived, and I am hoping to have a full season of playing under him to look forward to.”

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