Matty Smith takes up a coaching role to combine with playing!

2016 Grand Final winner Matty Smith has taken on a coaching role at National Conference League club, Pilkington Recs.

The 29-year-old, who returns to St Helens in 2017 after five seasons at Wigan Warriors, played a crucial role in Wigan’s Old Trafford success last month, and will be giving back to the community game next season.

Kurt Haggerty, the former Leigh and Bradford star, was Head Coach at the Premier Division club last season, but will join the Toronto Wolfpack next year.

‘A’ Team coach Dave Archer also moves on, taking up a committee position at the Recs, meaning an overhaul of the coaching set-up for 2017.

Former players John Rees and Liam Bostock take over as joint Head Coaches, with Ste Edgerton staying on as assistant. But Smith, a Blackbrook product, will also be on board to help out with First Team matters.