FANS favourite Patrick Ah Van marked his second Widnes Vikings debut with two-try display against Rochdale Hornets.

Ah Van, who has returned to the club on a four-week deal, spent seven seasons at the Vikings after joining back in 2012.

Having spent his 2019 season with Villeghailhenc-Aragon XIII in the Elite Two Championship in France, he has returned to help out the club’s Betfred Championship fight.

Coach Kieron Purtill was delighted with the impact of Ah Van, as well as the returning Olly Ashall-Bott, in Sunday’s victory.

He said: “Paddy has been over in France for a while and he only joined us in the week, but he has given the boys a real boost.

“He is a real threat out there. He is a big man and near the line he can score tries as well.

“It is also good to see Olly Ashall back after his injury up at Newcastle at the start of the season. He has had his ups and downs but he has been champing at the bit to get back.

“We chucked him in at the last minute and he took it well.”

Vikings have signed Ellis Robson from Warrington Wolves until the end of the 2019 season.

Robson is a product of Warrington’s youth system, and was a former captain of the Wolves’ U19s side, playing in either the second row or at loose forward.

Known for his strong running game and aggressive playing style, Ellis earned a full-time contract with the Wolves following his consistent performances in the club’s U19s.

The 20-year old has spent time at both Dewsbury Rams and Rochdale Hornets this season, including the game on Sunday.

Whilst Vikings remain in ‘special measures’, the club has been able to complete this loan signing with the support of both the RFL and Warrington Wolves.

Robson said: “I’m really excited to be joining the club and getting stuck in with the lads.”

Vikings travel to Halifax on Sunday, July 14.