Peachey signs for Widnes

Widnes Vikings have announced the signing of Australian fullback David Peachey from Cronulla Sharks.

Peachey has represented both New South Wales and Australia, having scored 110 tries in 232 appearances for his club and is delighted to be joining Widnes: "I always had an ambition to play in England after spending 12 years in Australia with the Cronulla Sharks," said the fullback.

"When I first asked my management company to look for opportunities in England I instructed them to contact Widnes Vikings, hence me initially signing for Super League with the club in June this year.

"As a boy I developed an interest in the Widnes Club after they won the World Club Championship against a red hot Canberra Raiders team.

"I am showing my commitment to the club even though they may be looking at relegation from Super League in 2006, I have an ambition to take this once all mighty club back to its most successful playing days.

"I really appreciate the club, fans and sponsors support and I can?t wait to arrive at my new home in Widnes with my partner later this year."

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Widnes will be relegated to play in National League One in 2006, provided the winner of this year's National League One Grand Final meets the criteria for entry to Superleague. Their fate will be known for sure by Sunday 9th October.