Widnes captain Kevin Brown has signed a new contract that will keep him with the Vikings until the end of 2018.
The 30-year-old stand-off, who made his Super League debut for Wigan in 2003, joined Widnes from Huddersfield on a four-year deal ahead of the 2013 season.
Brown, who has rediscovered the form that earned him three England caps in 2010, paid tribute to Widnes coach Denis Betts after signing his two-year contract extension.
Brown took over the captaincy at the start of the season following the retirement of Jon Clarke and took his try tally to 13 in 11 matches with a hat-trick in the 38-16 win over Salford last Saturday.
His coach Denis Betts admitted he was delighted to be keeping hold of his captain:
Well tonight Super League is back.
It kicks off with a local derby as the Widnes Vikings take on the Wigan Warriors. Both teams are coached by former Wigan teammates. Two hardmen of the sport. We don't have any of those, so we sent Chris Hall to meet them.
Widnes have given prop forward Alex Gerrard a new three-year contract.
Gerrard, 22, has been with the Vikings since the age of 16 and progressed through their youth system to establish himself in Super League.
Widnes coach Denis Betts said:
Widnes Vikings have released photos on their website of individuals they claim "have shamed their club". It comes after a pitch invasion after their challenge cup semi final loss to Castleford on Sunday. The club wants help from the public to identify anyone involved. See the full list of pictures here.
Widnes Vikings has published CCTV images of individuals alleged to have been involved in a disturbances after their challenge cup semi final defeat by Castleford.
The club has described the incident, last Sunday, as "shameful"
The images of the individuals have been published on the club's website, www.widnesvikings.co.uk
Mark Hull and Gareth Cooper both captured video of the fans behaviour on the pitch. The club want people to come forward with the names of those involved - firstname.lastname@example.org
Widnes captain Jon Clarke is to bring his 18-year playing career to a close at the end of the season, the former Great Britain hooker has announced.
The 35-year-old is one of the game's longest-serving players, having begun his career with his home-town club Wigan in 1997, but has decided to hang up his boots in October.
"I've decided this is going to be my last season," Clarke said.
"I've been thinking about it for a little while now and, having made the decision, I thought it was the right time to get it out there so that I can concentrate on rugby between now and the end of the season.
"I feel like the time is right, with the little injuries here and there and the psychological impact that that has. The way the body feels after playing, you are constantly trying to recover, it all just tells you the time is right to pack it in at the end of the year."
Clarke, who also played for London Broncos and Warrington, with whom he lifted the Challenge Cup in 2009 and 2010, still has unfinished business after helping the Vikings make their best-ever start to a Super League campaign and the last-eight of the Challenge Cup.
He will miss Thursday's Cup quarter-final against Keighley with the calf injury that forced him to sit out his club's last two league games but is hoping to return a week later and would love to bow out with another major trophy.
Widnes have already recruited a replacement in Hull hooker or half-back Aaron Heremaia, while coach Denis Betts has other options for the hooking role in Lloyd White and Grant Gore.