Darrell Goulding has returned to Wigan as part of their coaching staff, taking on the role of youth development coach.
Goulding played 175 times for his hometown club between 2005 and 2014, scoring 72 tries. A former Wigan St Patrick’s amateur, he also played in both the 2010 and 2013 Super League Grand Final successes. Darrell left the Wigan club at the end of 2014 to join Hull KR but was forced to retire in June last year after a series of concussion injuries.
Goulding replaces the outgoing Jordan James.
Rugby director Kris Radlinski said: “Firstly I would like to thank Jordan for all of his hard work. This past year he has made the difficult transition from full-time player to the workplace look very easy. He has worked tirelessly to better himself and he leaves with the respect and best wishes of everyone at the Wigan club.
“Speaking of respect, Darrell Goulding has it in abundance. We all watched him develop from a boy into a fine international Rugby League player and now it is his turn to give back. Our young players will not find a better role model than Darrell.”
Goulding added: “I am honoured to be returning to Wigan Rugby League in my new role and look forward to developing the future players of this great club.
“The Wigan club is always progressing and I am grateful to have this opportunity to be part of the special times that are ahead. I have much to learn but feel that this is the best possible environment to do so and can’t wait to get started. This Club will always feel like home and I’m glad to be back.”