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Widnes sign Chris Bridge on two years deal

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Widnes have signed Warrington centre Chris Bridge on a two-year deal that will take effect after the current campaign.

Bridge, who turned 31 earlier this month, becomes the first signing by Vikings coach Denis Betts for 2016 and will be a straight replacement for Australian centre Cameron Phelps, who is leaving the club at the end of the season.

Chris is a great squad acquisition for us. He can strike and score tries. He has some valuable experience playing in Challenge Cup finals and Grand Finals.

He knows how to close out big games and tight games and has a fantastic big game mentality.

Chris's experience will serve to strengthen our squad. It is really exciting for the Vikings to have someone of Chris' quality joining our ranks."

– Denis Betts
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Bridge, who joined the Wolves from Bradford in 2005, was a member of their back-to-back Challenge Cup-winning teams in 2009 and 2010 and is currently enjoying a testimonial to mark his decade of service to the club.

I am really looking forward to playing for Widnes Vikings, I've spoken to Denis Betts and to (assistant coach) Brett Hodgson and I am looking forward to the new challenge.

It will be great to play alongside Kevin Brown and Rhys Hanbury and it sounds like there are some exciting plans to mix things up a bit next year. From what I've seen the style of play will suit me. The centres seem to get a lot of ball so I am looking forward to getting stuck in.

I am fully committed to Warrington Wolves for the rest of this year. I am working hard to get back to 100 per cent so I can make a big contribution in the games we have got left.

I am hoping to go out with a bang after 10 seasons with the club and I am hoping to get a couple more winners' medals before I start my new and exciting challenge with Widnes Vikings.

– Chris Bridge