Wigan scrum half Paul Deacon has put his coaching career on hold to sign a new one-year playing deal with the club.
Deacon, 31, signed for the Warriors from Bradford at the end of 2009 on a dual role, but he will now concentrate solely on playing in 2011, before taking on his duties as assistant coach from 2012.
He said: “I thoroughly enjoyed last Season and to win the Grand Final with your hometown Club was a very special moment for me. It was always in my mind, if possible, to continue playing and I am thrilled I have been given the opportunity next season by Michael and the Club. You are a long time not playing once you decide to hang up your boots and I am really looking forward to helping the team build on the success of 2010.”
Deacon scored one try in 20 appearances for the Super League champions last season, and head coach Michael Maguire was pleased to offer Deacon an opportunity to continue playing.
The former Melbourne Storm assistant said: “We are pleased that Paul will be able to play on next Season. He is a superb organiser in the middle of the park for us and his experience is invaluable to the team. Paul was always keen to play on and he will be an integral part of the side for 2011.”