Francis Cummins has been named as the new head coach of Bradford Bulls.
Cummins, 35, was previously assistant to Mick Potter, who last week turned down an offer to stay at Odsal in favour of a return home to Australia.
He spent his entire playing career at Bradford’s Yorkshire rivals Leeds, scoring 188 tries in 356 appearances, and was recommended for the post by Potter.
Cummins said: “It’s an honour for me to be the head coach of the Bradford Bulls.
“We’ve had a really tough year. I think it made us as a group. It helped me in my education as a coach.
“I’m looking forward to taking the next step in these young men’s careers. We need to improve the group. I can’t wait.”
In 2010, Cummins opted to leave Leeds, where he had been assistant coach, and join up with the Bulls.
Bradford missed out on the play-offs, but their Super League future was confirmed last week, following the takeover of the club by businessman Omar Khan and his consortium.