Denis Betts: Widnes Vikings head coach extends contract to 2016

Head coach Denis Betts will remain with Widnes Vikings until the end of the 2016 Super League season after agreeing an extension to his contract.

Betts, 44, has overseen a steady progression since taking over in 2010.

The ex-Great Britain forward guided Widnes to 10th last season and has sights on a top-eight spot next term.

Playing play-off Rugby League in October and making an impact at the latter stages of the Challenge Cup is not overreaching for us

Widnes coach Denis Betts

"We are in a really strong situation. We have a very good board of directors, playing staff and fan base but there is still so much to do," he said.

"We are making good progress but we won't rest on our laurels," Betts, who was already contracted to the club for the 2014 campaign before agreeing his new deal, told the club website. 

"We are building a squad that, over the next three or four years, will compete at the very top. To get the opportunity to drive us forward for another two years is great for me personally.

"Playing play-off Rugby League in October and making an impact at the latter stages of the Challenge Cup is not overreaching for us. We can get there and I will be doing everything in my power to achieve those aims."

Betts extension deserved - Rule

Chief executive James Rule said Betts deserved his new contract for the way he has developed the side since the Vikings returned to Super League in 2012.

"It's justification for all the hard work he's putting in to help the continued growth of the club," he told BBC Radio Merseyside. "The environment that Denis has built so quickly is testament to his work ethic and his leadership."