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Consortium agree to save Widnes after administration nightmare

Administrators have agreed a deal with a consortium to take over and save Widnes Vikings, this is likely to be formally registered on Friday.

The new holding company, Widnes Rugby League Club Limited, has already been registered with Companies House.

Widnes were placed in administration last week, prompting fans to begin a fundraising campaign which has raised more than £100,000 in support.

It means Sunday’s home game with Featherstone is likely to go ahead.

While the Vikings were in administration, last weekend’s game against Sheffield Eagles was postponed because of insurance reasons. This will be rearranged for later in the season.

Despite being saved from liquidation, Widnes will be handed a 12-point deduction under the Rugby Football League’s insolvency rules, which only apply once a club is taken over and the membership of the league awarded to the new owners.

One of the named directors,Jason Shaw, is a representative from Vikings Supporters Club (VIQI), who have been working tirelessly since administration was confirmed.

There will be more to follow tomorrow.

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