Widnes Vikings have announced the signing of Liam Carberry from Wigan Warriors, on a one-year contract.
The strong-running hooker or loose forward is a former Bold Miners ARLFC player and has also represented England at U18s level.
20 year-old Liam admits that the opportunity to finally join forces with the Vikings was an offer too good to refuse on this occasion, commenting:
“I’m really pleased to have signed for Widnes. They are a club who have always had a strong interest in me and to tell you the truth, I almost signed for them two years ago. To finally get the chance to put pen to paper and pay them back for their keenness, is something I was delighted to do.
“I’m confident that settling in will be pretty easy and I’m hoping to feel as comfortable as possible from day one. I can’t wait to get started and fortunately, I already know a few of the lads at the club and they all talk really highly of the place.
“The facilities at Widnes are fantastic, from the pitch that you can play on and train on all year round, to the equipment they’ve got in the gym. Everything is in one place and that can only benefit us and bring out the best in us, as players.
“Denis Betts has done a lot for the club over the past few years and I’ve no doubt that there is still plenty more to come from him and the team. It’s exciting to realise that I am going to be a part of the set-up at Widnes and because I’ve only signed a one-year deal, I’ll be looking to prove myself from the very first day. If I can make a success of doing that, everything will surely look after itself from there on.”
Equally as pleased to have finally got his man, Vikings Head Coach Denis Betts, added: “Liam is a quality player who we first tried to bring to the club a couple of years ago. He’s a big, strong, solid number nine who can also play in the loose forward position. He was a highly sought after junior player with a great pedigree and I genuinely believe that somebody else’s loss is our gain.
“Given the untimely and unfortunate injury to Grant Gore which resulted in him sustaining a broken kneecap at the end of last season, it is important that we head into next season with plenty of depth in our squad.
“Liam is a player who wants to fight, wants to work hard and is keen to prove himself. He comes to us with lots of drive and plenty of desire and these are the type of attributes that really excite me, as too is his willingness to learn and get better. It’s an absolute pleasure to work with young men like Liam, who are looking for an opportunity to make a real fist of it, develop their natural talents and go on to have an advanced career in the game.”