Former Man of Steel Brett Hodgson will become an assistant coach at Widnes in time for next pre-season.
Hodgson, 35, has been working with the Vikings in a part-time capacity this season as a coaching consultant to the club, but from November will join the backroom team and become one of Denis Betts’ assistants.
The Australian retired from playing at the end of last season following a five-year stint in Super League with Huddersfield and Warrington.
Widnes head coach Betts said: “We are really pleased to announce that Brett’s joined the Club as an addition to the coaching structure that we have at the Vikings. We’ve seen already what great value he can offer the Club and its players and for him to be around in a full-time capacity will only enhance our environment.
“I’ve been on the look out for a specialist coach in certain key areas and Brett fits the bill perfectly. He’s made a difference in the short time he’s been here and we will look forward to him being around over the next few years.”
A former New South Wales State of Origin full-back, Hodgson was Man of Steel in his debut season in the UK, back in 2009.
He previously made more than 200 appearances in the NRL for Wests and Parramatta.
Hodgson said: “It’s a challenge I’m really excited about. I’m keen to progress as a Coach and this is the next step for me.
“I’ve just been trying to get my experience across to the players and I’m just really excited by the opportunity Widnes Vikings has given me.
“I’m enjoying my time here working with the players and Denis, so to be given this chance on a full-time basis from next pre-season is great for me. The Club is really moving forward and I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”