Former England international Matty Smith says he is honoured to return to his hometown club St Helens to take charge of their women’s team.
The appointment marks Smith’s first venture into coaching following his retirement from playing at the end of last season.
Smith enjoyed two spells with Saints after coming through the club’s academy. He then went on to have a successful career with Salford, Wigan and Catalans as well as playing for England.
Smith said: “It’s a great honour to be given the opportunity to come back to the club; and coach such a talented group of women.
“I’m really looking forward to getting started and building up to what I know will be a successful 2023 season.
“The chance to come back to the club was one I couldn’t turn down. I hope with all the knowledge I have gained during my career I can use it to push the team to the next level.
“I’m lucky to have inherited a great backroom staff who not only have good knowledge of the game but are also great people which is key to success.
“I hope all the fans can get behind the girls this year.”
St Helens confident Matty Smith will help deliver more silverware
Derek Hardman will remain with St Helens and will become the head coach of the reserves. Ian Talbot will focus solely on his role as first team assistant coach.
Hardman and former England women’s head coach and Saints women’s head of rugby Craig Richards will assist Smith in the role.
Saints chief executive Mike Rush said: “Matty has a wealth of playing experience that will stand him in great stead as he begins his coaching journey back at his hometown club.
“His appointment will help further develop our already strong Women’s set-up and hopefully bring more silverware to the club.”
Smith made more than 350 career appearances for England, St Helens, Salford, Wigan, Catalans and Widnes.