Widnes prop forward Gil Dudson has signed a three-year contract extension until the end of the 2021 season.
The 27-year-old Wales international has made 83 appearances since joining the Vikings from Wigan three years ago but injury has limited him to just two appearances this season.
“We are delighted that Gil has committed to Widnes Vikings for the coming years,” said Widnes coach Denis Betts.
“Whilst we have some quality young players coming through, it’s important that we also retain our senior leaders too.
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“Gil is one of the cornerstones of our pack, so it is very pleasing to receive this long-term commitment from him. Unfortunately, Gil missed the start of this season due to surgery and has been out recently with injury.
“As a team, we have sorely missed his presence during games this year. We are excited that we will have him back and performing at his best soon.”
Gil, who played for Wales in the 2013 World Cup, said: “I’m delighted to sign this new deal and I can’t wait to be a part of the Vikings for the coming three years.
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“I’m into my fourth season now and I love what the club is all about and where we are heading.
“The aim for me now is to kick on after a frustrating 2018 so far with injuries. I am looking forward to getting back on the field with the boys very soon and helping the team to climb up the table.”
Widnes have been busy behind the scenes, having also extended the loan spell of Leeds centre Jimmy Keinhorst and given forward Owen Farnworth a new three-year contract.