WIDNES Vikings have snapped up strike centre Stefan Marsh on a new two-year deal.

Marsh, 23, joined the Vikings initially on loan in 2010 and returned to the Club on the same terms in the Vikings' first season back in the top flight.

At the end of 2012 campaign Denis Betts signed the Wigan born player on a permanent two-year contract and now Marsh will be at the Vikings for 2015 and 2016 Super League seasons.

Marsh has played 40 times for the Vikings, scoring 23 tries and is a key figure in Betts’ back line.

Widnes Vikings Head Coach Denis Betts said: “This new deal is a reward for all the hard work Stef has put in since he’s been here. He’s a great person to have in the group, works hard, has loads of ability and we think he’s got it in him to get better and better for this Club.

“He’s a real strike player for us and he has that X-Factor about him that makes Stef pretty dangerous to play against. We’re really pleased to have tied him up for another two years.”

Marsh said: “I’m really enjoying my time here at Widnes and when the offer came in to put pen to paper for another two years, I jumped at it. It’s a really exciting time to be involved at the Vikings as the Club is really moving forward.

“Widnes Vikings is a Club that has a rich history and I’m looking forward to playing my part in shaping the future. We are building something special here.”