WIDNES Vikings has today handed Head Coach Denis Betts a two-year extension to his existing deal that will see him at the club to at least 2016.
Betts, 44, has been in charge of the Vikings since May 2010 and has taken the club from the Championship to 10th place in Super League last season.
The Vikings have made year on year improvements under Betts’ guidance and the Board feel now is the time to reward the former Great Britain and England international with a longer term contract as the Club looks forward to its third season back in the top-flight.
James Rule, Widnes Vikings CEO, said: “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.
“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 said: “I’m delighted to have signed a deal for another two years. 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.”