WARRINGTON Wolves and Widnes Vikings have struck a partnership which includes squad players being dual registered this year.

The clubs have a top-flight rivalry going back decades, but Vikings are currently playing a step below Super League in the Championship.

Wolves chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with Widnes.

"As clubs we have always had a health rivalry but strong relationship.

"This new partnership can only be beneficial to both parties.

"Admittedly, with the introduction of the reserves there may be limited opportunities to dual reg players, but there will be times when we need players to gain game time and we may not have a reserves fixture.

"The partnership will provide another platform for players from both sides to play.”

The partnership will enable the Vikings, whose head coach is former Australia boss Tim Sheens, to work with the Wire performance team.

The clubs will build an off-field association too.