Jack Buchanan: Widnes Vikings sign Wests Tigers prop subject to visa

Jack Buchanan
Jack Buchanan has played 41 games for Wests Tigers

Widnes have signed prop Jack Buchanan from National Rugby League side Wests Tigers on an 18-month deal that runs until the end of the 2017 season.

Buchanan, 24, made his first-grade debut for Wests in 2013 and has made 41 NRL appearances, although a foot injury limited him to two games this term.

Wests have agreed to his release but the deal is subject to visa approval.

"This is a great opportunity to come up for me halfway through the year," Buchanan said.

"I have been watching the team when I can. They don't air all games over here but they look like an exciting bunch of players that I can't wait to get over and work with.

"Charly Runciman is a big part of why I am coming to the Vikings. I played with him for two years when I was younger and speaking to him has made me really excited to get over."

The former St George-Illawarra junior will join up with Denis Betts' side and adds to the front-row options, including Eamon O'Carroll, Manase Manuokafoa, Gil Dudson, Alex Gerrard and the Chapelhow brothers Ted and Jay.

"Jack is a young big front rower with a great engine," Betts said.

"He has significant NRL experience and is ready to make his mark, looking to establish himself as a starting front rower and wants to do that here at Widnes.

"This is a big statement from us as a club. Jack is an enthusiastic player that wants to come here and progress his career making himself into a better player."