Widnes have signed former Swinton forward Connor Dwyer on a one-year contract.
The 26-year-old scored 16 tries in 61 appearances for Swinton between 2015-17 before stepping down to the amateur game due to work commitments.
Dwyer said: “It’s an honour to play for a club like Widnes, they are a huge club with a great fanbase and tradition.
“They have had some troubled times recently but have steadied themselves and are looking to build back up and move forward, so hopefully I can be a part of that.
“I did have another offer from a club in the Championship, but to have the chance to work under Tim Sheens was something I couldn’t turn down. I chose Widnes as I can learn so much from him, he has been there and done almost everything in the game.
“I am very excited about this move, I always felt I had left the game prematurely due to a job opportunity that I couldn’t turn down, but it was always in the back of my mind to play at this level. It’s a chance to test myself again as the Championship is a very tough league.”