Young guns earn Betts backing

02 January 2018 20:22:44 GMTPlus10

Despite admitting that his squad lacks the star power of other Super League teams, Widnes Vikings head coach Denis Betts believes that the depth of quality among his younger players can help boost competition for places.

Widnes recorded a pre-season victory over Warrington Wolves last week that should boost confidence heading into the New Year, and Betts is eager for many of the squad members who featured in the match to be competing for places.

"What we're after with the likes of Danny Walker, Jordan Johnstone, the Chapelhow boys, Sam Wild, Tom Olbison, is competition for places. We've not got a lot of stars in there, but we've got some really good players," said Betts, who assisted England head coach Wayne Bennett at the recent World Cup.

"These are the guys that are now competently competing and will get better. That's where we want to be across the board and I think a lot of lads who are on the fringes currently are going to make it tough for me to pick the side."

Widnes finished bottom of the Super League at the end of the regular rounds in 2017, but finished 3rd in the Super 8s to avoid relegation, or an appearance in the Million Pound Game.

Betts will be hoping for a more positive campaign during the regular rounds in 2018.

"I think that everybody stays fit and healthy, and keeps training as hard as they are, then it's going to be a very tough selection policy that we put in place," Betts added. "Which is where we always want to be."

The Viking s are  to win their Super League opener at home to the Catalans Dragons on Saturday 4th February, with the visitors  to claim a victory.

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