Depart­ing stars want to leave a Su­per legacy

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WIDNES boss De­nis Betts is back­ing his depart­ing stars to play a full part in help­ing keep the club in Su­per League next sea­son. The likes of three­quar­ters Chris Bridge and Corey Thomp­son (pic­tured be­low) won’t be part of the Vik­ings set up in 2018. Bridge is bring­ing the cur­tain down on his 16 year pro­fes­sional ca­reer at the end of the cam­paign while Aus­tralian Thomp­son is re­turn­ing to his home­land to link up with Wests Tigers in the Aus­tralian NRL. Betts said: “They’re part of this group and it’s not about what’s hap­pen­ing next year; it’s about now. “It’s about con­tribut­ing to what they’ve been part of for the last two or three years. “You will have seen, for ex­am­ple, the way Chris Bridge has been for this last cou­ple of weeks. “He wants to play well and go out on a high – and show peo­ple what kind of player he is. “He’s added a lit­tle bit of steel to us as well. He’s come out and said we should have a bit of ar­ro­gance and show what a good team we can be.” Betts’s opin­ion was backed up by half­back Danny Craven, who is al­ready con­tracted to the club for the 2018 sea­son. Craven com­mented: “We’re all a bunch of mates at the end of the day and the lads that are leav­ing want to leave us in the best po­si­tion they can. “The likes of Bridgey and Corey have re­ally been good in the last few weeks. “Bridgey’s re­tir­ing but he’s prob­a­bly been one of the best play­ers I’ve played with to be hon­est. “And Corey’s a freak when he’s got the ball in his hands. “They want to play the best they can for us from here on.”

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