Widnes Vikings have announced that they have retained six members of their 2008 squad for the 2009 season.

John Duffy and Richard Fletcher have both extended their contracts for 12 months and will continue to work with the Vikings in the Community department which has proved to be successful during the latter part of the 2008 campaign.

Also re-signing for 2009 are Lee Paterson and Tim Hartley whilst Gavin Dodd and Jim Gannon were already contracted until the end of the 2009 season.

Vikings’ Head Coach Steve McCormack said, “Both Duff and Fletch have been good additions to the Club both on and off the pitch and have impressed with their ‘never say die’ attitudes.

“Lee has been one of the players of the season as was seen by his nominations at the recent Stobart Awards night. His ability to cover so many positions is a valuable asset to us and he is an important member of the squad.

“Tim has had his injury problems during 2008 but when fit has shown what a talented player he is as well as a prolific goal-kicker whilst Gavin and Jim have both had exceptional seasons. Gavin has scored some important tries as well as picking up the try of the season award while Jim has led by example week in, week out.”