In what is an additional boost for the Widnes Vikings, following the key re-signings of four members of their coaching staff – the club have announced that former Bradford Bulls utility Phil Joseph, has signed a permanent 1-year deal with the club.
Joseph, who was on trial at the club since pre-season training commenced in early October, was rewarded with the 1-year deal, with Widnes coach Dennis Betts pleased to have signed the utility.
“Since his arrival on a trial basis, Phil has done everything we have asked of him, fitted in well and become a really strong member of our group,” said Betts.
“He has enhanced our environment, his training and work ethic are exemplary and he thoroughly deserves his contract.
“As we witnessed against Warrington, playing in the middle unit, he offers us plenty of versatility on the field, has a very good pass off the floor, some great footwork and ultimately, offers us lots of go-forward.
“When I initially spoke with him, two of the many things that resonated with me and lit me up, were his desire and his keenness to get his career back on the right track.
“Phil has moved around to a few different places throughout his career and still has a massive amount of unfulfilled potential. What I have offered him is some genuine clarity and purpose in what I expect of him. He has really taken that on board and pushed on and I'm confident he will be a great asset to us.”
Joseph, who is no stranger to changing clubs, having played for a total of 6 clubs (7 including Widnes), knows that this is just the beginning for him, and that hard work and perseverance are what will see him play constant footy for the Vikings.
“I've worked hard to get myself into this position and I'm really pleased to have been rewarded with a deal. If anything, the hard work actually starts now and it is only going to get harder as the season progresses,” said Joseph.
“Everybody has helped me settle in really quickly and I'm very happy to be here.
“The set-up at Widnes is extremely professional and I'm finding myself blown away every single day with just how well we are looked after as players, and the facilities that are in place at the club.”
For some utilities, they are often displeased at being given the tag, given their preferences to make one position their own – but for Joseph, it is a tag he is comfortable with, knowing he can help the team wherever needed in the future.
“I'll play wherever is best for the team. I'm a 100% player who gives it his all for his mates. Being able to play in numerous positions can surely only benefit both the team and myself individually, moving forward,” said Joseph.
“Now that I've had my first run-out in a Widnes shirt, in front of our own supporters, I'm chomping at the bit even more. I've got a point to prove this year and I'm going to go for it!
“Alongside the recognised names in the squad, we're blessed with plenty of young, talented lads who aren't only good players but also good people with great attitudes. This is further proof of the professionalism and culture within this club.
“Together, if we can take these attributes out onto the pitch, I'm confident we can shock more than a fair few teams in 2013, climb the Super League table and improve on last year's position.”