IN an official Widnes Vikings apology following today's relegation confirmation, chief executive James Rule has announced the club intend to remain a professional, full-time organisation.

Vikings will be going down to the Championship on the back of the devastating 20-12 loss to Toronto Wolfpack for Francis Cummins' side in Canada.

How Vikings' relegation unfolded in Canada

"Today’s confirmation that Widnes Vikings have been relegated to the Betfred Championship is a devastating moment for everyone associated with the club," said Rule in a statement.

"Further statements will be issued soon, however at this stage we simply wish to apologise for the experiences of the past two seasons, where results have fallen far below our expectations and provide assurances on the future ambitions for Widnes Vikings.

"The Vikings intend to remain a professional, full-time organisation.

"We are determined to make every effort to retain the best of our talent, and to also effectively rebuild this squad, with the intention of making an immediate return to the Super League.

"This is a great club that has made real progress since it’s return to the top flight, and we must ensure that we rebound from this moment to get our club back on track.

"Above all, we would like to thank the members, supporters and partners who have resolutely backed the club throughout this difficult period - your dedication is genuinely appreciated by us all.

"Your ongoing commitment, and the support of our wider local community, will be vital to this club making a return to Super League, and has never been more needed."