Johnson extends Vikings stay
Widnes Vikings have confirmed prop Paul Johnson has signed a two-year extension with the high-flying Super League club.
The 26-year-old joined on a 12-month deal from Hull FC last October and has made a big impression early at the Select Security Stadium.
With head coach Denis Betts keen to secure his services long-term Johnson has now been retained for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
"Paul is a person of real quality and he's a great bloke to have around the Club," Betts told the club's official website. "His deal is a reward for how hard he's worked since he's been here.
"He got released early from his contract at Hull but he's backed himself here and every time he's played for us he's put in quality performances.
"We knew that as soon he got settled at the club and in an environment that he's happy with we'd get the best out of him and that's proven to be the case.
"He's going to get better and better, he has a lot of potential in him and we are looking forward to working with him in achieving that over the next couple of years."
Former St Helens and Wakefield man Johnson had not expected to be handed an extended stay quite so soon, but has welcomed the backing of Widnes' faith in his ability.
Johnson said: "It has come a little sooner than I thought but when Denis Betts came up to me and offered me the chance to re-sign, I was delighted to put my name to the contract.
"As soon as I came here I knew Widnes Vikings is a club I'd like to be at for a long time. The people here, the set up and the facilities are first class, so to be at the Select Security Stadium for another two seasons is brilliant.
"I've been working hard and I'm just really enjoying my Rugby League here. I'm just glad that now the deal has been sorted I can concentrate on my rugby and contribute to us having a successful season at the Vikings."