Denis Betts: Widnes Vikings head coach agrees new deal

Denis Betts
Denis Betts had a spell coaching in rugby union with Gloucester before moving to Widnes

Head coach Denis Betts has signed a one-year contract extension to keep him with Widnes Vikings until 2017.

The ex-Great Britain forward took over in 2010 and has helped the club progress year-on-year since they returned to Super League in 2012.

Betts, 45, led Widnes to their first-ever Super League play-offs last season, where they lost to Warrington.

"I am committed to the club and my belief is that we are growing something that's really special," said Betts.

"Although we've done a great deal of work I feel that we've got so much more to do.

"We have sown the seeds to make things work really well. We've got a really good foundation and we've got lots of good people here."

Chief executive James Rule believes the former Wigan forward has laid plans that will continue to help the club grow.

"His work ethic, philosophies and leadership have shaped an exceptional performance department across playing personal, coaching and medical staff," he said.

"As a board of directors we are delighted to reward Denis with his contract extension and are hugely excited to work with him as we continue to grow, evolve and improve in all aspects of our operation."