Widnes winger Paddy Flynn has become the 10th Vikings player to extend his stay with the club after signing a new two-year contract.

Flynn, 26, who has scored 66 tries in 119 appearances since joining the club in 2008, has not looked back since being recalled from a dual-registration spell at Workington.

“I think sometimes you have to face adversity to realise what your true potential is,” Flynn said. “I look back at the decision to send me to Workington last year and there’s no doubt in my mind that it has done me some good.Paddy Flynn

“It taught me a lot about myself and spurred me on to work harder and it’s proven that if you do the hard work then it does pay off.”

Widnes coach Denis Betts said: “The reason you keep someone like Paddy is quite simple as his progression out the Championship to playing Super League for the last few years has been impressive and there’s so much more to come from him on the Vikings wing.

“He’s got a better understanding about himself and his position. He now knows about the work that is needed to maintain the levels of performance that’s required for Super League.

“He’s a great kid to have around the place, he’s been on a long journey with us and he’s worked hard to be here. There’s been a lot of expectation on Paddy’s shoulders and there’s a lot of quality in him.”