Prop forward Kyle Amor has found a new club for the 2023 season, with his departure from Warrington Wolves confirmed.
Amor will be joining the Widnes Vikings with his presence in the squad providing benefits to the rest of the players in particular the forwards at Widnes, as an experienced head who the younger players will be able to learn from both on and off the field.
The Cumbrian prop has won four Super League Grand Finals with St Helens, as well as winning the Challenge Cup with them last year. He has also represented Ireland on five occasions, playing for his country at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
Amor started his career with Whitehaven, where he was born, playing 25 times in his debut year for Haven after making his debut in 2009. He won the Championship Young Player of the Year award that year in a strong season which earned him a contract with Leeds Rhinos for the 2010 season.
After a loan spell back at Whitehaven and another with Wakefield Trinity, Amor signed for Wakefield for the 2012 season where he remained for two years, making 79 appearances and scoring 11 tries under a certain John Kear.
Amor’s performances led to a move to St Helens in 2014, where he has spent eight years making 211 appearances so far, scoring 21 tries. He is currently on a season long loan with Warrington Wolves.
On signing for 2023, Amor said: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining. I’ve been lucky to play for many big clubs in my career and I’ve no doubt Widnes is one of those with the history and support it has.”
The prop is looking forward to working with John Kear again also: “John played a massive part in my development many years ago. I’m excited for working with the players and improving as a group, helping John out in any way I can both on and off the field.”
“I’ve had some terrific mentors through my time – part of your role as a senior player is to help these young kids, particularly the middles. In many ways, if I can pass on as much as I can to these young lads it can certainly help us going forward.”
Widnes Vikings head coach John Kear added: “This is a massive signing for the Vikings, there’s no doubt about that. Kyle’s a good person, but he’s a very good rugby league player.
“I expect him to contribute definitely on the playing field but I also expect him to significantly contribute off as well with regards to the culture and our development as a playing group.
“I’m really looking forward to working with him once again, after previously working with him at Wakefield. I think he’ll be a significant and a headline-grabbing addition.”