Former Leeds Rhinos full-back Richie Mathers will rejoin Warrington Wolves as player welfare manager from next week.
Mathers, 31, recently announced his retirement from the game but during his playing career he enjoyed two stints at Warrington – the first on loan in 2002, before re-signing in 2009 for two seasons.
He won the Super League Grand Final and World Club Challenge in 2004 with Leeds, represented Wigan Warriors, Wakefield Wildcats, Castleford Tigers and London Broncos, and spent time in Australia in the NRL with the Gold Coast Titans in 2007.
Mathers enjoyed back-to-back Challenge Cup success with Warrington in 2009 and 2010. In total he made 54 appearances in the Primrose and Blue, crossing for 13 tries.
As well as joining the Wolves’ backroom team, he will also have a presence on match days as a corporate host.
“It’s funny how the world works,” Mathers told Warrington’s official website. “I first signed at Warrington as a 13 year old, then made my Super League debut in 2002 and now I’m starting the next chapter in my professional life back where it all began.
“I’m incredibly excited by what’s in place at the club both on and off the field. I think player welfare is crucial to success on the field and I’ll be doing all I can to ensure the players have career development plans and be part of the support network.”