Goulding rejoins Wigan

Former Wigan centre Darrell Goulding has rejoined the Warriors to take up a coaching position.

Goulding retired in June after a series of concussion injuries. The outside back made 175 appearances over a 10-year period, appearing in the 2010 and 2013 grand finals.

Goulding takes up the position of youth development coach vacated by Jordan James.

“Firstly I would like to thank Jordan for all of his hard work,” Rugby director Kris Radlinksi said in a statement.

“This past year he has made the difficult transition from full-time player to the workplace look very easy.

“He has worked tirelessly to better himself and he leaves with the respect and best wishes of everyone at the Wigan Club.

“Speaking of respect, Darrell Goulding has it in abundance. We all watched him develop from a boy into a fine international Rugby League player and now it is his turn to give back.

“Our young players will not find a better role model than Darrell.

 “He will be mentored by Matt Peet, who leads our Youth Programme so well. We will give Darrell the support he needs to develop into a fine coach.

“We are disappointed to see Jordan leave but thrilled to see Darrell return.”

Goulding said he is honoured to be returning to Wigan.

“The Wigan Club is always progressing and I am grateful to have this opportunity to be part of the special times that are ahead,” he said in a statement.

“I have much to learn but feel that this is the best possible environment to do so and can’t wait to get started.

“This club will always feel like home and I’m glad to be back.”

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