Widnes Vikings Head Coach, Simon Finnigan, has revealed that the club’s First Team players will return to training on Monday 1st February following yesterday’s RFL announcement.
Championship clubs are allowed to return to ‘Stage 1’ training as of Saturday 16th January after a two-week pause, however the club have made the decision to not return until ‘Stage 2’ training can resume.
As of Saturday, players would only be allowed to train outdoors while observing social distancing, meaning that no contact, gym sessions or video sessions could take place.
These restrictions will be lifted from Monday 1st February, meaning that when the Vikings return to pre-season training the coaching staff and players can continue with the sessions initially planned before the break.
With the players limited to what they can do while on site, the club have decided it would be in the best interests of the players and staff to delay their return for another two weeks given the rate of infection in Halton currently.
He said: “As a club, it probably was not the right thing to do at the moment. There are arguments and its disappointing, but we have to put the health of everyone first.
“Stage One is very limited, you have to be distanced and cannot train indoors. We will hold off for a couple of weeks and return in Stage Two.
“Stage Two is much less of a risk for everyone involved.”