Widnes Vikings have signed second row forward Connor Dwyer on a year-contract ahead of the 2020 Betfred Championship season.

The 26-year-old, who started his career in the St Helens academy, has recently been playing for amateur side Thatto Heath after leaving Swinton Lions in 2017.

He played 61 times and scored 16 tries for the Lions, before walking away to concentrate on a career outside the game.

Dwyer has brought a lot of attention on himself while at Thatto Heath due to his playing style, he was rewarded with a place in the England Community Lions squad that toured New Zealand in October.

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He told the club website: “It’s an honour to play for a club like Widnes, they are a huge club with a great fan base and tradition.

“They 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.

“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 chose Widnes as I can learn so much from him, he has been there and done almost everything in the game.

“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.

“I enjoyed three years at Swinton Lions, gaining promotion into the Championship and spending two solid years at that level where I improved as a player and matured a lot, so I owe them a lot.

“The NCL league is also a great standard too, so playing there hasn’t been easy. There are a lot of players signing now from that league who are more than capable of playing at this level.

“I have already heard stories about the fans from last year, especially about the semi-final against Leigh, and how good the fans were so I am looking forward to it. It’s always a big boost when you have a good following of fans.

“I haven’t come here to just make up the numbers that’s for sure, I’ll give 100% in every game and hopefully can pick up where I left off at Swinton by having the same standard of performances I was having.”