Widnes Vikings are to cement links with North Wales Crusaders Rugby League

James Rule Vikings CEO commented: “Last year we had a fantastic partnership with Workington. In reality the geographical distance between our Clubs made things a little restrictive, whereas the Crusaders already train on the i Pitch at the Stadium and utilise our gym and performance centre.widnes_vikings_SML-150x150

“Following their promotion it therefore felt like a natural fit to enter into this partnership. I wish to thank Workington for their support and wish them the best of luck next season. We now look forward to developing a great partnership with North Wales Crusaders.”

Jamie Thomas Chief Executive of North Wales Crusaders said: “2014 represents a massive challenge for North Wales Crusaders with the step up to the Championship. It’s essential for us to meet that challenge head on by giving ourselves the best chance to be competitive, which is why we’ve been working so hard on the off season to recruit players of real quality to add to our existing squad, who were outstanding last year”.

“To go hand in hand with that we need the best possible facilities to prepare the squad. With Widnes it opens up access to one of the best facilities in Super League.”

Vikings Head Coach Denis Betts “This is a great opportunity to build a relationship with North Wales Crusaders and also presents us with a chance to help develop our younger players at a competitive level”
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Crusaders Head Coach Clive Griffiths commented “Using the facilities at Widnes has so far helped us have a successful 2013 campaign and again allowed us a great start to pre season and we need to keep up that momentum.
“Denis and I are on the same wave length when it comes to loan and dual registrations. It’s going to be a long, physical and demanding season and a professional partnership with Widnes will certainly prove an added advantage.”