Not getting much opportunity with the Canberra Raiders, Charlie Gubb has moved to the Widnes Vikings for the remainder of the season.
Gubb, who began his career in the New Zealand Warriors youth system, has had a roundabout career.
Featuring heavily in the Warriors NYC 2010 campaign and eventual premiership before moving to Australia.
After playing for Wynnum-Manly, winning the 2011 Queensland Cup grand final and playing for Queensland Residents, Gubb returned to New Zealand.
From there, he made his NRL debut and played 39 games for the Warriors and a further five for the Raiders.
Gubb is excited at the opportunity to join the Vikings.
“It’s been a bit of a surreal 24 hours, but I’m excited by the opportunity that has emerged to join Widnes Vikings,” Gubb said.
“I had a few different opportunities to consider, but I was excited by the one presented to me by James Rule and Widnes Vikings.
I know that the Vikings have some quality players and some very exciting young talent, so I’m looking forward to joining them in the fight to sustain their Super League status.”
Gubb looks forward to donning the Widnes jersey and playing in front of their passionate fans.
“I’ve heard great things about the club and its supporters, so it will be a great honour to wear the Vikings shirt and represent the team,” the prop continued.
Widnes coach Francis Cummins was quick to praise Gubb and highlighted him as a key signing.
“Charlie is a no-nonsense front rower with an appetite for chasing people down,” Cummins said.
“He has the power and desire to assert himself on his opponents and, naturally, these are qualities that we want to add to our team.
“His signing, and the recent moves for Harrison Hansen and Liam Finn, have given us options and depth that we’ve lacked all season.”
With young front-rowers at the club, Cummins wants Gubb to use his experience to help guide and nurture them.
“Charlie brings maturity and experience to the team, and that will help to influence and support our own talented young front-rowers,” the Widnes coach continued.
“He will improve the team, in terms of how we perform both on and off the field.”