FORWARD Sam Wilde is looking to make his mark as he begins pre-season training, following his permanent move to the Widnes Vikings.

Wilde signed a two-year deal in September, having impressed during a month-long loan from Warrington Wolves in May.

The back-rower says that he has settled in well on his return, picking up where he started earlier this year.

He said: “It just feels like I’ve come back, with being here before. There’s a great set of lads here, and everyone is really positive and ready.

"They’ve had a good break, been away with their families, and now everyone is ready to rip in.”

Wilde’s 2017 season came to an early conclusion with a leg injury, sustained on loan at London Broncos during their Super 8s, The Qualifiers campaign.

Wilde worked closely with the Vikings physio team during the closed-season, ensuring he has returned to fitness ready for this pivotal stage of the year.

“The rehab is massively important, so you don’t fall behind the pack," he explains.

“With the help of the Vikings physio team, they’ve got me back to being fully fit for day one of the pre-season. I’m ready and doing everything with the lads.”

Wilde has his eyes set firmly on securing a first-team spot this season, and knows a successful pre-season will be key to achieving that goal.

He said: “Every player will tell you the same thing - whether you’re a senior player, a young guy coming into the team, or a new signing, everyone wants to impress to keep a place or stake a claim for one.

“That’s my intention, and the intention for all of the boys. Everyone is pushing each other to get better.”