Widnes sign Castleford forward

Widnes Vikings have completed the signing of Castleford Tigers forward Matt Cook for the 2021 season.

Cook joins after a five-year stint at the Tigers, during which he won the League Leaders Shield in 2017.

He has also appeared for Bradford Bulls, Hull KR and London Broncos.

Reacting to the news, he said: “It feels great to have signed for the club. Tim Sheens reached out to me when he realised I was available and off contract, putting the feelers out to see if I would be keen to jump on board and join the Vikings next year.

“It made perfect sense. I live nearby in Warrington and I’ve been commuting to Castleford over the last six years, so it was a great opportunity to join Widnes who are very local to me.

“One of the big reasons for me to sign at Widnes and not any other Championship club is that my Dad is a born and bred Widnes lad. He’s chuffed to bits as well. He will be very proud when I finally make my debut for Widnes and it will be a great moment for me in my career.”