Widnes have confirmed the signing of Halifax second rower Shane Grady ahead of the 2020 season.
The 29-year-old was one of seven players recently released by ‘Fax, and will now link up with his hometown club on a two-year deal.
Grady began his career with the Vikings back in 2008 and has gone on to make over 150 professional appearances.
As well as Widnes and Halifax, Grady has also had spells with London Broncos, Hemel Stags and Dewsbury Rams, as well as spending a season in Australia in 2012.
“I’m buzzing and I am excited to come back,” said Grady. “I loved my time here the first time round all those years ago and I am excited to come back.
“As soon as I found out that Widnes were going part-time, my full concentration was on returning to the club, and I am made up to finally sign.
“Part-time rugby suits me down to the ground but before anything else I am a Widnes fan. I travelled down to Wembley to watch the lads, and to play for your hometown club is special. I didn’t think it would ever happen again, so to get that opportunity to come back and sign a two-year deal is a dream come true.
“I’ve been around a bit and hopefully I can bring a bit of experience to the squad to help us have a good season. I may not be the most gifted, talented or skilful but I will definitely give 100% and I have a bit of experience on my side now which I can hopefully pass on.
“Widnes have always provided their own talent, and if I can help out in any way I will. I was there once, and I remember looking up to players and getting bits of advice here and there, so hopefully it’s my turn to do the same now.”