DARRELL Goulding has rejoined Wigan.
The former centre, who played 175 times for his hometown club between 2005 and 2014, has taken up the role of Youth Development Coach following the exit of Jordan James.
Goulding, 27, was forced to hang up his boots earlier this year due to injury, while playing at Hull KR.
He said: “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.”
A former Wigan St Patrick’s amateur, Goulding played in both the 2010 and 2013 Super League Grand Final successes.
Former prop James has coached at Wigan for the past two years.
Rugby director Kris Radlinski said: “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.
“He will be mentored by Matt Peet, who leads our Youth Programme so well. We will give Darrell the support he needs to develop into a fine coach. We are disappointed to see Jordan leave but thrilled to see Darrell return.”
James, who is pursuing a “new challenge away from rugby league”, thanked Wigan for his opportunity.