Super League: Widnes reward prop Phil Joseph with two-year contract extension
Widnes Vikings have rewarded prop Phil Joseph with a new contract that runs until the end of the 2016 season.
Last Updated: 30/04/14 5:04pm
The 29-year-old joined the Vikings in 2013 having failed to settle at six other clubs and has gradually become a key man for head coach Denis Betts.
Joseph said: "I'm ecstatic to be signing a contract extension at the Vikings. It's great to get a new deal as it gives me that bit of extra security and now I can concentrate on my rugby.
"We are on a very exciting journey here. If you look at where we were a few years ago to now; in the top five of Super League and in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup, it's so positive and I'm happy to be a part of it.
"I'm pleased with the way I'm going, I've set myself a big goal of representing my country (England) and I'm working hard to try and put myself in the frame for that. I'm a little disappointed that I've picked up an injury at the moment but hopefully I'll be back soon to continue where I left off.
"We have a great culture at Widnes and it's one which is very different to what I've experienced before. We have a fantastic group of lads here, are a very tight bunch and work hard for each other and I think that shows in what we've done already this year."
Betts added: "Phil deserved the reward of an extension. He's an integral member of the squad. His work rate is really high and he adds value to us in everything he does.
"Securing Phil's services at the club for that little bit longer gives him that extra security and focus to keep working hard at his game at a club that is developing.
"He fits well into the culture. There's people here who have helped him get to the level he is at and we think he can go even further, but the credit has to lie with him and how hard he's worked. He has lots of ability and if Phil is going well in a team that's going well then he can achieve his goals."