Widnes are ensuring that their talented players are around for a few more years and Cameron Phelps is the latest one to join them, with the utility back signing a new 2-year deal at the club.
Phelps, who would be known to Australian rugby league fans especially those who support the Canterbury Bulldogs, played in 39 first-grade games for Canterbury and scoring 12 tries in the process.
It was at the end of that period that saw him play for Wigan and then Hull FC, before joining Widnes midway through the club’s first season in 2012 – with the decision to stay an easy one for Phelps.
“Me and my family are very happy here,” said Phelps.
“This Club is growing and we’re building. They are the two things that are very evident and you can see them immediately. Last year, we were wooden-spooners and this year we’re progressing and if all goes according to plan, we could finish in a Top 8 berth.
“Denis has got some good structures in place and the club is very sound from top to bottom. The core is very strong and it’s important that we continue to work hard.
“Despite only extending for 2 more years, I still think that I’ve got another few years ahead of me after this contract expires. In a best case scenario, I’d like nothing more than to still be playing Generic Viagra as well as Jon Clarke is, when I get to his age! If I could do that, I’d consider myself blessed.
“The Widnes fans have been great to me, ever since I joined this club. They’re always out there in force and are extremely loud and have been there for us, both at home and away, even through the bad times.
“Hopefully there are far more good times on the horizon!”
In order to create some stability within the squad, Widnes coach Denis Betts said re-signing Phelps was just a part of that.
“We are looking at creating some stability within the squad and Cameron is a respected, well liked and valued part of the group. His experience and what he’s done in the game so far is only going to help and enhance us.
“He’s got utility value and has grown into the Centre role, having played predominantly at full back throughout his career.
“Individually, I like working with him and I wanted to keep him here for a couple more years. It’s great that he has committed to us, and I’m really pleased that he has taken this step.
“Cameron is an essential part of what we are trying to achieve and that is paramount. Everybody now has a purpose and an understanding of what is required to make this team better, every single day and every single week.”