Widnes sign ex-St Helens academy forward

Widnes have confirmed the signing of former St Helens academy forward Connor Dwyer on a one-year deal.

The back rower has signed permanent terms after a successful trial with the club.

He began his career with Saints, graduating through their academy system whilst also having loan spells with Barrow and Rochdale in 2014.

The following season he signed for Swinton, scoring 16 tries in 61 appearances over three years with the Lions before leaving the game due to work commitments.

More recently he’s been playing at amateur level with Thatto Heath, and was part of their side that reached the fifth round of last season’s Challenge Cup.

“They (Widnes) have had some troubled times recently but have steadied themselves and are looking to build back up and move forward, so hopefully I can be a part of that, he told the Vikings’ website.

“I did have another offer from a club in the Championship, but to have the chance to work under Tim Sheens was something I couldn’t turn down.

“I am very excited about this move, I always felt I had left the game prematurely due to a job opportunity that I couldn’t turn down, but it was always in the back of my mind to play at this level.

It’s a chance to test myself again as the Championship is a very tough league.”

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