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Paddy Flynn becomes tenth Viking to sign a new deal
12:14pm Thursday 22nd May 2014 in Sport
VIKINGS winger Paddy Flynn has become the tenth player to be signed up by the Club as he today penned a new two year deal.
Flynn, 26, joined the Club back in 2008 and is one of the longest serving players at the Vikings and the powerful winger says he’s looking forward to a bright future at the Select Security Stadium under Head Coach Denis Betts.
Flynn said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have signed a new contract and now I want to look forward to digging deep with the rest of the players and building on the good progress we are making in the league and cup. “I’ve been here a long time but hopefully there’s more tries, more appearances and certainly more wins from the team to come. That only happens when you are playing well and I think I am making improvement as a player but I’m not the finished article – there’s more to come from me and I’m glad it’s going to be here at Widnes.”
Flynn, who has scored 66 tries in 119 appearances for the Vikings, spent some time last season out on loan at Workington Town and the winger says that experience has made him the player he is today.
He added: “I think sometimes you have to face adversity to realise what your true potential is. I look back at the decision to send me to Workington last year and there’s no doubt in my mind that it has done me some good. It taught me a lot about myself and spurred me on to work harder and it’s proven that if you do the hard work then it does pay off.”
Denis Betts, Widnes Vikings Head Coach, says Flynn’s work ethic, performance on the field this year and commitment to the Club and the group are just some of the reasons why he’s moved quickly to secure his services before the end of this campaign.
He said: “The reason why you keep someone like Paddy is quite simple as his progression out the Championship to playing Super League for the last few years has been impressive and there’s so much more to come from him on the Vikings wing.
“He’s got a better understanding about himself and his position. He now knows about the work that is needed to maintain the levels of performance that’s required for Super League.
“He’s a great kid to have around the place, he’s been on a long journey with us and he’s worked hard to be here. There’s been a lot of expectation on Paddy’s shoulders and there’s a lot of quality in him.
“His line breaks, his strength and just the sheer size of him on the wing make him very dangerous and he’s developing consistency in his game. We’ve seen some really strong performances in this Super League season from him and we expect more of the same this year and for the next couple of years.”