Prop forward Ben Kavanagh has become the first player to be handed a Super League contract by Widnes.
The Vikings were re-elected to the top flight after demotion in 2005, and have been given a three-year Super League licence from 2012.
The 23-year-old from Halifax, who came through Wigan's academy, has signed a three-year deal.
He said: "I'm really enjoying myself at Widnes and that's why I've signed this extended deal with the club."
He initially joined Widnes on loan from Wigan in 2008 and has made 93 appearances, the last 72 consecutively.
"Ben has successfully delivered potential into performance from academy to Championship level on a consistent basis," said Vikings director of rugby Paul Cullen.
"We have no doubt that he can be challenged to repeat this at Super League level."
Meanwhile, Widnes, who recently signed former Wigan and Castleford prop Danny Sculthorpe to the end of the current Championship season, have taken Wigan youngsters Logan Tomkins and Dom Crosby on a dual registration.
Tomkins is the younger brother of England internationals Sam and Joel has yet to play in Super League.