Widnes sign Warrington youngster on two-year deal

Widnes Vikings have announced the signing of Warrington Wolves forward Sam Wilde on a two-year deal from 2018.

The 21-year-old was on-loan with the Vikings earlier on in the year before he made the move to London Broncos for the Qualifiers.

Wilde started in last year’s Super League Grand Final for the Wolves but has been unable to nail down a spot in the first team squad this season.

“I’m thrilled to have joined Widnes Vikings. I really enjoyed my month-long loan earlier this season, so I am excited to now make this permanent move,” Wilde told the Widnes website.

It’s a great set-up at Widnes Vikings and I felt like I improved during my time at the club, so signing was an easy decision to make.

“It’s pleasing the coaching team have appreciated me as person and player, and have sought to bring me back on a permanent basis. I’m looking forward to wearing the Widnes Vikings shirt and getting out in front of the supporters again next season.”

Widnes coach Denis Betts added: “I am very pleased with this signing. Sam really impressed when he came here on loan,”

“He’s young but he also has good experience too, including playing in a Grand Final. He can add a lot of competition to our forward pack, especially at back row. I’m excited by his addition to our squad.”