Vikings release Owens

Widnes Vikings have released winger Jack Owens from his contract.

The 21 year-old had one year remaining on his deal with the Vikings but has been allowed to leave the club.

Owens, who made his debut for the club in 2011, scored 30 tries in 87 appearances for the Vikings.

However, with competition for places high, head coach Denis Betts suggested that first team football would be at a premium for Owens in 2016: “Having looked at the balance of our squad we felt that Patrick Ah Van, Paddy Flynn, Stefan Marsh, Rhys Hanbury and Corey Thompson were ahead of Jack in terms of our back-three options,” Betts said via BBC Sport.

“In addition there are a number of contractual upgrades within the existing group of players which further increases the financial investment by the club into the playing group.”

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