Hep Cahill

He may have only had brief stints in the NRL but Melbourne Storm fans may remember Hep Cahill, who has enjoyed a lengthy, successful stint with English Super League side, the Widnes Vikings.

Cahill, 27, has been rewarded for his form, signing a new 2-year deal with the club until the end of 2016.

Although limited by niggling injuries earlier this season, Cahill is now fit, raring to go and keen to make an impact.

“The contract is done and dusted and I can just focus on the rest of the season and I’m really excited about what’s to come,” said Cahill.

“I’ve had a few games now and I’m getting my match fitness back up. I’m only going to get better and hopefully I’ll move forward with the team and I can’t wait to rip in tonight and for the rest of the season.

“I’ve been here from the start of Super League and I’m part of something special which is being built here by Denis (Betts) at Widnes Vikings. I’m enjoying being here and playing for the Club and I think we’ve got a bright future ahead of us.

“The race for the top eight is hotting up now and we have a few teams right behind us, so it’s a good time to be involved. The boys are working hard but we know where we want to be and that’s play-off footy. We know what we have to do to get there and we will give it everything to get there.”

With 53 appearances for the Vikings under his belt, the culture that the club have created over the years is one that impresses Cahill.

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“We have such a tight group at Widnes and that was also a big reason for me signing for another couple of years,” said Cahill.

“Widnes is unlike any club I’ve been at before. Not having any family here can be hard but we’ve got such a good group of guys here it makes it so easy and I think that shows on the pitch.”

The re-signings have been the key for Widnes, who have retained 12 of their current crop of players and for coach Denis Betts, he knows just how well Cahill can perform.

“Hep has been huge since he’s been at the Club. His work rate and his ability have helped us move forward,” said Betts.

“He appreciates the fact the he’s been getting better each year himself, too.

“He’s been hampered by injury this season but when he has played, he’s been exceptional. His workrate is such that it’s hard not to have him in the side week in, week out.

“Hep’s a big part of the culture of the Club. That’s why you want to have people like him around.

“The likes of him, Kevin Brown, Danny Tickle, Willie Isa and Pat Ah Van give the culture of the Club so much substance.”

Working with the younger players as a mentor is an attribute that Betts has seen from Cahill first-hand.

“Hep comes in and works with young kids off his own bat. He’ll spend time with our 16s and 15s,” said Betts.

“He’s a great bloke to have in your system as well as being tough as teak and fearless in what he does on the field.”

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