Hanbury extends Vikings stay
Widnes Vikings half-back or full-back Rhys Hanbury has ended speculation over his future by signing a new three-year contract.
The 27-year-old former South Sydney and Wests Tigers player was out of contract at the end of the year and had been linked with a move to Salford City Reds but he has now committed himself to the Vikings until the end of 2016.
“It's good to get my future settled,” he said. “It was an easy decision to stay at the club and in the Super League competition but returning home was definitely another big option for me and my partner.
“When I first arrived in this country, the original plan was to just give it a go for a couple of seasons at most but we've been over here for four years now and we're still enjoying ourselves.”
Hanbury has scored 157 points, including 22 tries, in 36 appearances since joining Widnes from Crusaders RL 18 months ago and is in the Exiles squad for next month's game against England, although he is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Vikings coach Denis Betts said: “Rhys has really come on this year and is enjoying his rugby. Before he got injured, he was definitely one of the form players in Super League.
“Being out of contract, we know that he could have chosen a number of clubs to go to.
“Ultimately, the decision was down to him and he chose to remain at Widnes. We're really pleased that he will be contributing massively towards the future of this club.”