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Watts will stay at the Stobart until the end of 2013
Widnes Vikings are delighted to announce that Anthony Watts has put pen to paper on a new one-year deal which will see him remain at the club until the end of the 2013 season.
Recognised as an outstanding player in both attack and defence, Anthony also brings a tremendous utility value to proceedings given his ability to compete at scrum half, stand-off or at hooker.
Already contracted until the end of 2012, Watts was unfortunate enough to tear his right anterior cruciate ligament 10 minutes into his Stobart Super League debut for the Vikings during the clubs Rd. 3 defeat to Salford City Reds back in February.
Despite the setback and the prospect of spending the following six months on the sidelines, Watts' loyalty to the Vikings cause has been first class as Director of Rugby Paul Cullen commented; "Anthony's dedication to recover from injury and his conduct both around the club and the local community have been exemplary.
"His commitment to perform to the very best of his abilities and his desire to play for Widnes Vikings are as significant as his potential to be a star in 2013."
Prior to signing for the Vikings ahead of the 2012 Stobart Super League season, Watts made his NRL debut with Cronulla Sharks in 2007, before moving to North Queensland Cowboys where he spent the following three seasons ahead of a move to Sydney Roosters for the 2011 campaign.
"I'm really happy to remain at the Vikings. Despite only being here for six months or so, I've fallen in love with the club and its passionate supporters," Watts added.
"I genuinely believe that Widnes Vikings will be a huge force within the next few years and I want to be a part of that. This is the happiest I have been in a long time and I'm keen to repay the faith shown in me. Next year can't come quick enough!"