Super League: Denis Betts to remain in charge of Widnes Vikings after signing new deal
Widnes have handed coach Denis Betts a two-year extension that will see him remain at the club until the end of 2016.
Last Updated: 28/11/13 12:30pm
The 44-year-old has been in charge of the Vikings since May 2010 after returning to the 13-man code following a spell coaching in rugby union.
He initially took charge when Widnes were in the Championship and was then retained for their return to Super League in 2012. They finished 10th last season, four points shy of a play-off berth.
"I have been hugely impressed with the Performance Department that Denis has built and that he continues to evolve. He has a phenomenal work ethic and has the respect of everybody within our organisation," James Rule, Widnes Vikings CEO, said.
"He has developed a fantastic blend of youth and experience within the playing group.
"Naturally he has been integral in attracting and retaining established players such as Danny Tickle and Rhys Hanbury.
"However he has shown he is not afraid to give youth a chance with players such as Joe Mellor, Jack Owens and Adam Lawton, establishing themselves in the First Team.
"I and our Board of Directors look forward to working with Denis as we continue to drive the Club forward. We are excited about what we can achieve together at Widnes Vikings in the coming seasons."
Betts, who previously coached in the top flight with Wigan, the club where he made his name as a player, is looking forward to the challenge of guiding Widnes into the Super League play-offs.
"I'm delighted to have signed a deal for another two years," he said.
"I'm enjoying working at the club and with some excellent people. We are in a really strong situation. We have a very good Board of Directors, playing staff and fan base but there is still so much to do.
"We are making good progress but we won't rest on our laurels. We are building a squad that over the next three or four years will compete at the very top and to get the opportunity to drive us forward for another two years is great for me personally.
"The goals we have set are achievable but we won't put the club in a difficult position in terms of spending.
"Playing play-off Rugby League in October and making an impact at the latter stages of the Challenge Cup is not over reaching for us - we can get there and I will be doing everything in my power to achieve those aims."