Mellor signs new Widnes deal
Widnes have tied half-back Joe Mellor to the club until the end of 2016.
The 22-year-old, who has scored 25 tries in 54 appearances since joining the Vikings from Wigan in April 2011, was already contracted for next season but on Thursday signed an ungraded two-year extension.
Widnes coach Denis Betts said: "Joe is living proof of somebody who has made the most of an opportunity that was offered to him. Over the last couple of years, he has gone on to prove himself as a high-end Super League player who also has a genuine aspiration to be a high-end player on the international stage.
"He is an extremely hard worker and he brings an immense amount of qualities to the group. He's very exciting with the ball, his kicking game is improving vastly year on year, he's as tough as teak defensively, very strong and plays far above his weight. Overall, he is a quality person too and it is great that he will be a part of our squad for the long-term."
Mellor said: "I'm really happy here at Widnes. Time has really flown by since I first came to the club in 2011 and if I can get as much enjoyment out of the next three years, as I have the first couple, then I'll be even happier."