Widnes bring back Lawton

Widnes Vikings have announced the signing of forward Adam Lawton on a one-year deal ahead of the 2021 season.

Lawton re-joins the club having started his professional rugby league career with his hometown club, featuring 15 times during the 2013 and 2014 Super League seasons, scoring nine tries.

In both the Academy and First Team, Lawton experienced playing alongside current club captain Jack Owens and halfback Danny Craven, as he looks to re-establish his relationship with his former teammates.

Having already played with Vikings Head Coach Simon Finnigan during his first spell with Widnes, the prop then linked up with his former teammate at Newcastle Thunder in 2020 before the season was prematurely cancelled.

Ottawa Aces snapped up the forward for their proposed entry to League 1 in 2021, before making the decision to delay their entry.

On returning to the club for 2021, Lawton said: “It’s amazing to have signed back at the club.

“I’m not dwelling on the Ottawa situation, things happen for a reason and I’m made up to be back at Widnes. I’d like to thank Phil Finney and Simon Finnigan for giving me this opportunity, and I will be working hard to repay the faith they have shown in me.

“After having a break from the sport I think I have matured and I know what it means now to be a rugby player, I took that for granted in the past. This time around I’m more mature, I know what it means to the fans with me being one of them.

“I played through the academy with Jack [Owens] and [Danny] Craven and we went 30 plus games unbeaten at one stage. It’ll be good to work off the back of them and it definitely helps knowing already how they play.”

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