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RFL approve Widnes Vikings takeover

1st March 2019, 18:08 by Craig Smithson

Championship outfit Widnes Vikings have had their takeover formally approved by the Rugby Football League.

The club was facing liquidation earlier in the week until the appointed administrators managed to secure a deal with a local consortium.

And, after the RFL's approval, it will allow the Vikings to continue their Championship season with a game against Featherstone Rovers up next on Sunday.

However, under the RFL's insolvency rules, Widnes have been docked 12 points so will sit on minus-eight points in the table.

The club have also lost Adam Tangata, Wellington Albert and Krisnan Inu, who departed as free agents, while Leeds Rhinos signed academy pair Sam Walters and Jarrod O'Connor for undisclosed fees.

A Widnes statement read: "The Vikings were ecstatic to be told that the takeover has been given the green light by the game's governing body.

"As revealed on Thursday night, the names of the people involved in the consortium are Chris Price, Jason Shaw, Roger Harrison MBE, Stuart Murphy, David Dean, Tracey Glendinning, and Rod Steele.

"Full details of each individual will be released in due course, with supporters being able to get to know the club's new owners in more detail.

"With the takeover being granted, the Vikings can confirm that the club will incur a 12-point penalty in the 2019 Betfred Championship season, effective immediately."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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