Vikings confirm O'Carroll deal
Widnes Vikings have confirmed the signing of former Wigan prop Eamon O'Carroll following his release by Hull.
The 25-year-old Ireland international, who joined Hull on a three-year deal at the start of the season, had his contract terminated by mutual agreement after being unable to establish himself in the first team.
O'Carroll has agreed terms with the Vikings on a deal which takes him to the end of the 2014 season and, after training with his new team-mates on Friday, could make his debut in Monday's home game against Castleford.
Widnes coach Denis Betts said: "We're really fortunate to have secured Eamon, not only for the rest of this season but the following two as well.
"This affords him ample opportunity to get used to our systems and the way we go about our business here at Widnes, which will hopefully bring out the best in him.
"He is a fantastic player who never gives less that 100% on the pitch. We actually tried hard to bring him to the Stobart Stadium before his move to Hull FC, but we entered the party a little too late and the deal was already in the bag."
Oldham-born O'Carroll, who made 61 Super League appearances for Wigan, said: "I'm really looking forward to working with Denis.
"I was only in the academy at Wigan when he was head coach at the club but he used to host quite a few sessions for the younger players and I remember those days well.
"I had a few offers from elsewhere and normally I wouldn't have entertained the opportunity of joining a club part-way through the season but, as soon as Widnes came in for me, I jumped at the chance and I was keen to put pen to paper as quickly as possible.
"Before signing the contract, I spoke at length with Paul Cullen and he brought me right up to speed with the club's plans.
"What he had to say excited me and I definitely want to be a part of the future here at Widnes."