One of Widnes’s key players will remain with the club next season after agreeing a new deal.

Danny Craven follows Jack Owens in sticking with the Vikings, who’ll operate a part-time squad in 2020.

Craven, who’s been with the club since playing in the academy, already had a full-time contact for next season.

But he has agreed fresh terms that enable him to remain part of the squad under the Vikings’ new structure for the next two years.

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He said: “I’m glad to get this deal over the line. I’ve been here a long time, and it was never really in my plans to leave this club.

“I’m really happy here, and adding that to what we’ve been through this year as well, with the fans commitment to this place, that topped it off and made me want to stay.

“With myself, Jack (Owens) and Kieron (Purtill) committing for next year, it’s a good starting point now for us to build on.

“We know it’s going to be tough, but we’ve all got to come together as a club and as a town, and go through it as one.

“I’ve had two children since I’ve been at the club, and my lad is a mad Widnes fan, so if I did leave he’d have something to say about it!

“There’s no other club I’d rather play for than Widnes, so next year is exciting. We can start building for the future, getting plans and structures in place and hopefully get back to Super League one day.”