Phelps pens new Vikings deal
Cameron Phelps has today become the latest Vikings player to commit his future to the club, having signed a two-year contract extension until the end of the 2015 season.
A former Australia U19's player, Cameron rose through the junior ranks at Canterbury and made his senior debut in 2005, going on to make 39 first grade appearances for the Bulldogs, scoring 12 tries in the process.
A move to Wigan Warriors followed in 2008 and Phelps remained there until the end of the 2010 season before moving to East Yorkshire to take up a one-year deal with Hull FC, where he spent the 2011 campaign.
The 28 year-old moved to the Vikings part-way through the club's first season back in the top-flight in 2012, and he admits that lengthening his stay was an easy decision to reach, commenting:
"Me and my family are very happy here.
"This club is growing and we're building. They are the two things that are very evident and you can see them immediately. Last year, we were wooden-spooners and this year we're progressing and if all goes according to plan, we could finish in a top eight berth.
"Denis has got some good structures in place and the club is very sound from top to bottom. The core is very strong and it's important that we continue to work hard.
"Despite only extending for two more years, I still think that I've got another few years ahead of me after this contract expires. In a best case scenario, I'd like nothing more than to still be playing as well as Jon Clarke is, when I get to his age! If I could do that, I'd consider myself blessed.
"The Widnes fans have been great to me, ever since I joined this club. They're always out there in force and are extremely loud and have been there for us, both at home and away, even through the bad times.
"Hopefully, there are far more good times on the horizon!"
Vikings Head Coach Denis Betts, added: "We are looking at creating some stability within the squad and Cameron is a respected, well liked and valued part of the group. His experience and what he's done in the game so far is only going to help and enhance us.
"He's got utility value and has grown into the Centre role, having played predominantly at full back throughout his career.
"Individually, I like working with him and I wanted to keep him here for a couple more years. It's great that he has committed to us, and I'm really pleased that he has taken this step.
"Cameron is an essential part of what we are trying to achieve and that is paramount. Everybody now has a purpose and an understanding of what is required to make this team better, every single day and every single week."