Widnes Vikings have announced that Grant Gore and Adam Lawton have signed

extended contracts until the end of the 2015 season.

Both players have worked their way through the club’s Youth Development

pathway system and completed the journey from promising hopefuls to fully

fledged First Team squad members.

Wigan-born Grant Gore, was voted Academy Player of the Year in 2010 having

joined the Widnes ranks as a 15 year-old. A successful 2010 also saw him

play a significant part in the Academy team’s exciting play-off victory

against Leeds despite suffering a dislocated finger and broken bone in his


The following season, Grant went on to make his senior debut in the opening

Northern Rail Cup match of 2011 versus London Skolars, before scoring his

first senior try in his second game against the same opposition, in a

Challenge Cup-tie in the May of that year.

Sponsored by Alder Spring in 2013, Gore is blessed with the combination of a

good kicking game and strong defence and is equally at home in either the

half-back or hooking berth. His Super League debut came as a substitute

against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley in August 2012 and thus far, the 21

year-old has featured on a further two occasions this season.

Born and bred in Widnes, 19 year-old Adam Lawton joined his home-town club

at the age of fifteen, having previously represented local amateur clubs;

Halton Farnworth Hornets and Widnes St Maries.

Given his size (6ft 7in) and presence, the former Bankfield High School

pupil gives his Coach the option of using him in either the front or back

row positions.

Adam is sponsored by Maltacourt Global Logistics.

Vikings’ Head Coach Denis Betts is delighted to have retained the services

of two players who have earned the right to enjoy an extended stay at the

Club, commenting; “Both Grant and Adam have worked extremely hard and fully

deserve to be rewarded in this way.”