Purtill maps out ambitions for 2020

Widnes coach Kieron Purtill says the club will draw inspiration from the achievements of York this season as they prepare to make the transition to being a part-time club.

The newly-promoted Knights will take their place in the Championship play-offs next week, despite running a part-time squad on a reportedly tight budget.

The Vikings announced earlier this year that they’d be operating a part-time squad in 2020.

“York have been massive this year,” Purtill told RL News.

“They came up with a part-time team ready to go and with a certain drive behind them.

“We’ve got to come back first of all first of all and get a group of players together who are going to be a part-time.

“York are an inspiration for everyone. You always look at the teams that are written off early in the season, but then go on and be exceptional.

“York have done that this and they’re a real benchmark for everyone.

“The way they’ve gone about their business is superb and we’re aiming to replicate that.”

He added: “It’s a transition for the whole club, on the field and off the field.

“There’s a lot involved in not just recruiting players, but staff as well, and a lot of our guys have only ever been full-time.

“They’re looking around to see what’s available for them and what their options are for being part-time.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do in the next couple of weeks and a lot of meetings to have.

“We’ve got to try and get a squad together that’s competitive next year.”