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Last Updated: Monday, 17 October 2005, 13:26 GMT 14:26 UK
McCormack takes Widnes position
Widnes have appointed Whitehaven coach Steve McCormack to succeed Frank Endacott as head coach.

The 32-year-old has agreed a two-year contract and will take up his post with immediate effect.

"I'm happy to be given the chance to take up a new challenge with such a big club as Widnes," said McCormack.

"The club has great facilities and a great history. I look forward to playing my part in taking the Vikings back into Super League."

McCormack has impressed as coach of Whitehaven, guiding the National League One club to the brink of Super League in each of the last two campaigns.

He was recently named National League coach of the year for the second successive season and is currently coaching Scotland in the European Nations Cup.

We had a number of strong applications but Steve was always going to be one of the top candidates
Vikings chairman Tony Chambers

"I've had a great time at Whitehaven and would like to thank the directors, staff, players and fans for the help and support they've given to myself and my family over the last three seasons," said McCormack.

At the age of 28, McCormack - who had two years left on his Whitehaven contract - became the youngest coach in Super League at Salford, although he was sacked 10 months later.

Vikings chairman Tony Chambers said: "We had a number of strong applications from throughout the rugby league world but Steve was always going to be one of the top candidates.

"He has Super League experience and has proved himself to be able to prepare teams to compete at the top of National League One.

"Our aim is a swift return to Super League and we will be doing everything possible to give Steve the tools he needs to achieve this."

Endacott quit Widnes to return home to New Zealand last month after failing to keep the club in Super League.

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