Widnes sign Sam Brooks

Widnes Vikings have signed prop Sam Brooks on a two-year deal, having impressed during recent training sessions with the club.

Brooks made his debut for Scotland against France in the European Championships in November 2015 having moved from Rochdale Hornets to Whitehaven the same year.

He said: “It’s an exciting opportunity to go full time with a professional Superleague outfit with a long historical pedigree in the game. I look forward to settling into the side and developing myself as a person and player at the club.”

Head coach Denis Betts stated “We have added Sam to our squad to strengthen it. Sam has a great desire to be a full-time rugby player, this shone through in training sessions that he took part in. We were willing to offer an opportunity and further our relationship with Whitehaven. From the information we acquired on Sam we believe there is potential for Sam to become a Super League front rower.  We’d like to thank Whitehaven for developing Sam’s talent over the last season.”

Widnes CEO James Rule said: “We enjoy a fantastic partnership with Whitehaven which we will continue to develop via our dual registration agreement in 2016. I would like to thank all involved at Whitehaven for giving Sam a chance at his dream of playing Super League and wishing him well in the future.”