PAUL Cullen has left the Widnes Vikings.

Cullen joined the club in March 2009 and has been an integral part of the evolution of the club and its transition into full time Super League rugby in his capacity as Head Coach and latterly as Director of Rugby.

Cullen, former captain and head coach of Warrington Wolves, said: “I have enjoyed my time at Widnes and the time is now right for me to move on. I hope I have played my part in a revolution and it is now time for the Vikings to evolve.

“I believe that my objectives have been met which were to win a trophy, win a licence, change from part time to full time professionalism and to deliver Super League to the supporters of the Widnes Vikings after 6 years in the Championship.

“There are exciting times and significant challenges ahead for Widnes and I wish all at the Vikings good luck for their future.”

Chairman Steve O’Connor said: “On behalf of the Board, Staff, Coaches, players and fans I wish to thank Paul for all his efforts at the club.

“He has made a significant contribution to the development of our club as we made the transition into a full time Super League organisation. We wish him the best of luck in his future career.”