Widnes Vikings have announced that former player Grant Gore has been appointed Academy head coach.
Gore has already spent a lot of time with the Vikings, both as a player and coach.
He served as assistant to the previous Academy boss, Brett Hodgson. He proved to be a success with both the players and staff and added a lot to the Widnes Academy system.
Gore came through the ranks at Widnes and made his debut for the club back in 2011 and he nearly played 100 games for Widnes, Whitehaven, North Wales Crusaders, Workington Town and Swinton Lions.
The former half-back is currently studying a Sports Science degree at Manchester Metropolitan University and will balance his studies with his full-time role at Widnes.
And Gore admitted that is looking forward to getting stuck into next season in his new coaching position.
He said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to progress my coaching career with this exciting new role. Coaching young players is my passion, so it is a privilege to be able to take on this position in a club that I love.
“I have grown up here and it means everything to be able to support the progress of Widnes Vikings.
“We have some very talented players and a great system here, so it is exciting to be able to play my part in supporting our players to fulfil their potential. Because of the experiences I’ve gained as a player, like going on loan, facing injuries and representing the first team, I can relate with the journey our boys are on and the effort they need to put in. Above all, I know the hard work, commitment and professionalism that this club demands, and will be working hard to instil this the boys.
“I’m grateful for the faith that Phil Finney (Head of Youth Performance) has placed in me and I am looking forward to the season ahead.”