Wigan Warriors announce that Wales International Rhodri Lloyd will be joining Widnes Vikings for 2014 on a year-long loan.
Rhodri played just one First Team game for Wigan last season and spent time at Leigh Centurions and South Wales Scorpions under Dual Registration as well as a month on loan at London Broncos. He also represented Wales twice in their recent World Cup campaign.
Speaking about the decision to allow Rhodri to join Widnes on loan, Head Coach Shaun Wane said,
“Rhodri needs to play against quality opposition every week in order for his career to kick on and know he will benefit hugely from a full season with Widnes.
“ With a competitive squad here at Wigan I am unable to guarantee Rhodri a regular place in the side which he fully understands. The best thing was to allow him to go and play elsewhere and a lengthy loan ensures that he can get some continuity in his game and he will come back to us in 2015 an even better player.
“We have an excellent relationship with Widnes and we are very comfortable in handing him over to Denis Betts who I know will look after him throughout the year. I am confident all parties will benefit hugely out of this agreement.”
The Caerphilly born man says he’s excited to be joining the Vikings for the new Super League season.
He said: "It's a big opportunity for me. I'm joining a great club with a great history. I'm keen to play more games and coming to Widnes may allow me to do that.
"I'm going to work hard in the pre-season and hopefully Denis Betts will see my qualities and give me the opportunity I'm craving. I'm really excited by the move and I really think we can have a very good season."
Widnes Assistant Coach Mick Cassidy says Lloyd is a player the Vikings have been monitoring for a long time and are pleased to have got their man.
He said: “Rhodri is a player we have looked at for a while and we think he fits in well with what we are trying to achieve here at Widnes Vikings.
"He can play centre but can also give us cover in the back row. He gives us plenty of strength and we are expecting big things from him.
"Denis and I watched him play for Wales in the Rugby League World Cup and we were very impressed.
"He needs to play week in week out and hopefully we can give him that opportunity. We are looking forward to working with him and developing his talent.
"We'd also like to thank the Wigan club and Shaun Wane for allowing him to join us. We have a great relationship with Wigan Warriors and this is another example of that."