St Helens have announced that Matty Smith has agreed a three-year contract to return to the club after leaving Wigan Warriors.
Saints coach Keiron Cunningham said: “I’m delighted to have secured the services of Matty. He a class scrum half who possesses a fantastic kicking and passing game as well as being an accomplished goal kicker.
“He has excellent leadership qualities and composure in big games after having experienced several over the course of his career.
“Having come through the system here he understands the club’s ethos and culture and has had a lot of success at the Warriors.
“This is a perfect opportunity for us to bring his experience and professionalism to the Saints to not only guide the side around the park but help nurture the youngsters we have here.
“His partnership with Theo Fages will be an exciting one to watch.”
It is Smith’s second spell at the club after he originally made his debut for Saints in 2006. He moved to Widnes on loan in 2008 and then Salford, but was recalled by the Saints to play in the 2010 Grand Final run in.
Smith said: “I am thrilled and honoured to be back at my hometown team.
“It should be a seamless transition as I have come through the system at Saints and know the key staff and players as well as the club’s culture.
“I am committed to bringing silverware back to the club and look forward to helping the younger players develop.”