Widnes Vikings have confirmed that halfback Danny Craven has signed a new two-year deal with the club.
The halfback has been with the club since joining the Academy in 2009, making the step up to first team a year later with his debut coming against Whitehaven at the age of just 18.
Since then, he has made 146 appearances for the club, scoring 52 tries, kicking 43 goals and notching up five drop-goals.
As well as ensuring he remains at the Vikings for the next two seasons at least, the halfback will also be granted a testimonial that will run into 2022 in recognition of over 10 years’ service to the club.
Despite significant interest for his services elsewhere throughout his time with the club, the halfback has stayed loyal to the Vikings and back in 2019 agreed a new deal which involved taking a significant pay cut during the restructure to a part-time operation.
The deal is also a significant one for his future off the field, as the Vikings’ number six will also be combining his playing role with an off-field role as part of the club’s staff.
This will see Craven look to secure a career once he hangs up his boots, with the club confident that he can become a valuable asset off the field as well as on it in the years to come.
With Jack Owens also pledging his future to the club with a three-year deal, the announcement of Danny’s new contract offers another huge boost ahead of the recruitment drive for next season and beyond.
On signing a new deal with the club, Danny Craven commented: “I’m over the moon to have signed for another two years.
“When the opportunity arose to stay at Widnes for another two years I didn’t think twice about it, and that was always my priority.
“I’ve been through everything here, from the highs of being promoted to Super League to the lows of administration, and I genuinely believe that we’re on the way back up again so I am glad to be a part of it.”