Rugby League – Lloyd joins Widnes on loan
Wales international Rhodri Lloyd has become the eighth close-season departure from Super League champions Wigan after agreeing a season-long loan deal with Widnes.
The 20-year-old centre or second rower, who played for Wales in the World Cup, made just two appearances for the Warriors in 2013 when he spent most of the time playing under dual registration with partnership clubs Leigh and South Wales Scorpions.
Lloyd also had a loan spell with London Broncos and played for them against Wigan in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup.
“It’s a big opportunity for me,” said the Caerphilly-born Lloyd.
“I’m joining a great club with a great history.
“I’m keen to play more games and coming to Widnes may allow me to do that.”
Widnes assistant coach Mick Cassidy said: “Rhodri is a player we have looked at for a while and we think he fits in well with what we are trying to achieve here at Widnes Vikings.
“He can play centre but can also give us cover in the back row. He gives us plenty of strength and we are expecting big things from him.
“We’d also like to thank the Wigan club and Shaun Wane for allowing him to join us. We have a great relationship with Wigan Warriors and this is another example of that.”