Butterworth pens Widnes deal
Widnes Vikings have given a 12-month full-time contract to their Under-19s captain Kieran Butterworth.
The 19-year-old winger, who came through the Vikings' junior ranks, has trained with the Super League squad over the last three months and will become a fully-fledged member of Denis Betts' squad for 2014.
"This offers us a chance to develop Kieran even further through our system," Betts said. "He has a great work ethic and now we just need to see if we can aid his undoubted potential by integrating him into the first team for a longer period, and giving him a full-time position."
Butterworth said: "The next 12 months is going to be massive for me and I'm going to give it my best shot."