Leaving a club that you have been involved with since your junior days is something not many players consider and for Widnes halfback Danny Craven, it was not an option for him.
Re-signing for a further three years with the club he knows best, Craven has been associated with the Widnes team and organisation since he was 17.
After a comprehensive win against the Keighley Cougars in the Challenge Cup, it was a fitting end to a great week for the halfback.
â€œIt’s good to get the contract sorted and out the way and I can play without any pressure and hopefully put a few good performances in,” Craven said.
“I know everyone at the club and it’s one that’s going places. We have a great set of lads, good coaching staff, medical team and Widnes as a club have looked after me since I joined.
“I know Joey Mellor and Kev Brown are the starting half-backs but I’m biding my time and working hard in training and when Denis calls me, I’m ready to do a job for the team.”
Leaving Widnes was never an option for Craven and his a main goal for the halfback this season is to keep improving as a player and as a person.
“My goal before the start of the season was always to stay at Widnes and keep improving as a player and help the club achieve something in the future,” said Craven.
“We are now 80 minutes away from a Challenge Cup Final and a first Wembley appearance in 18 years, plus we are in the top eight in Super League and it’s a great time to be involved in the club.”
With 11 players retained and re-signed at Widnes for next season and beyond alone, coach Denis Betts knows how crucial young talent is for any side.
â€œThereâ€™s been a number of players out of contract at the end of the year and the retention of quality players within our squad has been a paramount objective for the club,â€ he said.
â€œDanny is central to that and we are pleased that heâ€™s committed his future to us and can keep his development with this group.Heâ€™s an exciting, talented young kid and thereâ€™s so much more to come from Danny.”