Widnes sign veteran English back-rower for 3 years

Danny Tickle

Hull fans were expecting his departure and the news has now come, with English international Danny Tickle signing a 3-year deal with the Widnes Vikings, starting in 2014.

The 30-year old back-rower who is an adequate goal-kicker, made his debut back in 2000 for Halifax, before a move to the Wigan Warriors in mid-2002.

After that, during his stint with Hull FC that began in 2007, he was dubbed ‘Mr Consistency’, given his solidity and reliability as a player and a person during that time.

Recently announcing that Matt Beech had become a Director at the Widnes Vikings, it is believed that he played a role in getting Tickle to the club, a much needed signing.

Beech looks forward to seeing Tickle at Widnes for the next three years.

“I am delighted to be able to play a part in bringing a player of Danny’s quality to our Club, and I look forward to seeing him pull on our shirt for the first time,” said Beech.

With the opportunity to once again work under Denis Betts and the idea of playing alongside some former team-mates, for Tickle, the move was too good to refuse.

“Widnes are definitely a Club on the way up and when I’ve spoken with Denis, the things he’s had to say have confirmed this even more. From coming into Super League last season, you can already see the progression they’ve made,” said Tickle.

“They’re now starting to come together as a team and looking at some of the performances they’ve been putting in, it’s obvious that things are only going to get better.

Enjoying previous lengthy stints with Wigan and Hull FC, Tickle said the time was right to test himself once more.

“It’s another challenge for me and it’s going to be a tough one. I had a good 5 years at Wigan and I’ve been at Hull FC for 7 years. Now is the perfect time for me to move on and test myself again,” said Tickle.

“I’ve always worked hard and looked after my body, so I’ve got a good number of years left in front of me. Individually, nothing will change by moving Clubs and I’ll still be the player I’ve always been. Like every professional sportsman, I want to be competitive and I want to win things.

“When you’re moving to another Club, you do ask a lot of questions, such as ‘what it’s like there’ and ‘what aspirations have they got’, but everybody I’ve Viagra spoken to in the game has only had good things to say about Widnes, which is impressive!

Tickle is eager to have the chance to work and play alongside his new team-mates next year and looks forward to playing in front of their proud, passionate fans.

“I’m really looking forward to getting to know all of the lads and earning their respect. Then it’s just a case of getting out onto the field and earning the respect of the supporters. I’ve played at Widnes on a number of occasions and they’ve always come across as a passionate and proud bunch of people,” said Tickle.

“Hopefully I can finish my time at Hull FC on a high and then I’ll be in a position to concentrate all of my efforts into giving it everything I’ve got in a good pre-season, before pulling on the Widnes shirt next season.”

Known for his accuracy in goal-kicking with his trusty left foot, Widnes coach Denis Betts believes it will simply be a matter of time before Tickle becomes a fan favourite at the club.

“With the signing of Danny, we’ve captured a current international forward who is highly rated on both sides of the world,” said Betts.

“When I found out that he was looking to move back over to Lancashire, it was something that I found hard to ignore and I knew instantly that I wanted to bring him to Widnes.

“He’s a great pro, very consistent, has a fantastic character and is going to add a lot to our team. I’ve worked with him before and I know that he is going to enhance our forward pack massively.

“You’ve then got to factor in the accuracy of his goal kicking, and the fact that having somebody in your side with such a high success rate in that department is always going to stand you in good stead.”

Tickle was just the sort of player the club was looking for and with his signing, it will create competition for spots.

“Our recruitment has got to be of the highest quality possible and he ticks every box in the sense of what he’s done, what he’s achieved, what he wants to achieve and how far he can still go in the game,” said Betts.

“The back row position that Danny falls into is a spot that will create competition for places within the group, and he will bring an element of excitement to the team and the town.”

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