Catalans Dragons have appointed club stalwart Thomas Bosc as their new assistant coach to Steve McNamara.
A local product of the Catalans, Bosc spent his entire career with the Dragons and retired at the end of last season.
He has also been appointed Under-23s head coach for 2018 and has been working alongside side McNamara since the start of pre-season.
And Bosc is looking forward to the challenge of coaching.
He said: “I’m really happy and proud to become assistant coach at this club.
“Coaching the Dragons Under-23s was a great experience and I couldn’t refuse the opportunity to join the Catalans Dragons staff.
“I was working alongside Steve and the first-team squad since the start of pre-season and this experience confirmed my desire to coach.”
And Dragons head coach McNamara thinks his experience will add a lot to the team.
He said: “I’m excited by the prospect of Thomas Bosc becoming a full-time assistant for the Catalans Dragons.
“At the end of Thomas’ glittering playing career, he had a tough decision to make regarding which direction the next stage of his career was to take.
“Having watched and observed him with our reserve grade I’m convinced he has the qualities that it will take to be a very good coach. I’m looking forward to working alongside him and seeing the positive impact he will make on the team.”
Bosc is the highest points score in the club’s history, with 1,173 points in 221 Super League games and he also made 27 international appearances for France.