Olbison Signs

Olbison Signs widnesvikings.co.uk
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4th January 2017

Widnes Vikings are delighted to announce the signing of former Bradford Bulls forward Tom Olbison for the 2017 campaign with an option for the 2018 season. 

The Bulls Academy product had made over 140 appearances for his hometown club, scoring 19 tries with the second rower becoming a mainstay in the Bradford side throughout their time in the Kingstone Press Championship.

Olbison became a fans favourite during his time at the Provident Stadium, and joins the Club to add competition to the back-row, in which he will challenge the likes of Matt Whitley and Chris Houston for a spot in the starting line up. 

Denis Betts, Head Coach of Widnes Vikings, believes the signing of Tom Olbison adds further depth to the Vikings forward pack.

"It's a positive signing for us, and it will add to our squad strength," he said.

"We are bringing in a lad who is really desperate to get back into Super League. He's at a really good age, really durable and will certainly enhance our squad. He will be pushing for a starting spot in the back row, putting pressure on that position , an area of our squad which I thought we needed to strengthen.

"I've spoken to Tom a couple of times over the last nine months prior to the trouble that has been going at Bradford at this time and always felt he was a player that showed a lot of ambition and desire to join the Vikings when we have spoken to him. I think its going to be a place that he can prosper and enhance his career and we are looking forward to working with Tom and him being part of our squad."

Tom Olbison has already expressed his delight at joining the Vikings ahead of the 2017 Betfred Super League season.

"I'm buzzing and I can't wait to get started with the Club," he said.

"I've had a couple of years in the Championship and I've wanted to get back into Super League as soon as I could, so to be given this opportunity with Widnes Vikings is massive for me. I know a couple of faces here from my time at Bradford so I can't wait to get in and meet all the lads and get stuck in. 

"I have seen from the outside all the hard work that the Club has been putting in and that was shown at the start of last year in how impressive the performances were. I'm over the moon to be joining the Vikings and try and help the team in whatever way I can.

"Obviously, it's well known about the things we've had to deal with at Bradford over the last few years, so within a couple of phone calls with Denis, my mind was put at rest in terms of what the Club is about and where it wants to go and I know I can come here and just concentrate on my rugby league.

"I know that I'm coming from the league below and it is up to myself that I impress the staff, players, and also the fans as to why Widnes have brought me in. I believe myself to be an honest, hard-working forward, and I like to think that I have decent footwork on me as well, and hopefully I can prove my worth to the team very quickly."

Vikings Quid’s In, better known as VIQI is delighted to once again be supporting a new recruit for Widnes Vikings. 

The independent initiative was set up to make a difference and their recent support has helped bring in a host of players that have played key roles in the Club’s continued evolution. 

Most recently, the signings of Danny Galea, Corey Thompson and Chris Houston were all assisted by the contribution made to the Club by VIQI. 

“It’s great to see how the Club and team continues to evolve year on year. We have been proud to support numerous signings over the years and in particular we were delighted to have played our part in bringing Chris Houston and Corey Thompson to the Club, both of whom were shortlisted for the Stronghold Members Player Of The Year award last season."

Jason commented further: “There are so many ways that we as supporters can support the continued growth of our Club, whether that be signing up for Stronghold Memberships, signing up for Dream Ticket or joining VIQI. These are all greats ways to play a part in making a real difference to Widnes Vikings.”

Supporters can support VIQI by clicking here. 

Jason and Joanne Shaw would personally like to thank all of the VIQI for their continued support and achievements to date.

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