Widnes to appoint Hodgson

Widnes are to appoint Brett Hodgson as one of head coach Denis Betts' assistants on a full-time basis for next season.

The former Man of Steel is currently working with the Vikings in a part-time capacity and has played an important role in their flying start to the 2014 Super League season.

From November the ex-Warrington Wolves and Huddersfield Giants man will join full-time on a two-year contract, much to Betts' delight.

Betts said: "We've seen already what great value he can offer the club and its players and for him to be around in a full-time capacity will only enhance our environment.

Specialist coach

"I've been on the look out for a specialist coach in certain key areas and Brett fits the bill perfectly. He's made a difference in the short time he's been here and we will look forward to him being around over the next few years."

Widnes chief executive James Rule said: "Brett has had a fantastic impact on the Vikings environment this season.

"Every one of our players, from the grassroots right through to first team, will benefit from the appointment. It's a hugely significant step forward for our club."

Hodgson, a former Huddersfield captain who was named Man of Steel in 2009, said: "It's a challenge I'm really excited about. I'm keen to progress as a coach and this is the next step for me."