O’Carroll joins Widnes backroom staff

Recently retired prop Eamon O’Carroll has returned to Widnes as a Performance Coach.

O’Carroll, 30, hung up his boots earlier this year finishing his playing career with the Vikings having also played for Wigan and Hull, and represented Ireland.

Widnes coach Denis Betts said: “Eamon has lots to offer to the sport, so I’m really pleased that we have been able to secure his services in this new role. Eamon always gave 100% as a player, and I’m sure he will do the same in this next chapter of his career.

“He has just finished his playing career and is hungry to now succeed in coaching. Since retiring, he’s already been getting stuck in to working with the performance team and we’ve enjoyed his fresh perspective.”

Former Bradford coach Francis Cummins has already been appointed as assistant coach to Betts, alongside Mick Cassidy.

Betts also confirmed that Tim Holmes and Adam Daniels will form a new Strength and Conditiong team, working closely with Peter Talbot, Head of Sports Science and Medicines, to support player rehabilitation and overall health.

The Vikings coach, currently at the World Cup with England, added: “It’s been great to have Francis join us, bringing his experiences from different environments.

“But we’ve also created new opportunities for some very skilled and passionate people within our existing team. They are all relishing the opportunity to take on new responsibilities and contribute to the growth of our Club.”

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