WIDNES Vikings have announced that Tim Sheens as the club’s new Head Coach on a two-year deal, subject to UK clearance.

Sheen is one of the most decorated and experienced rugby league coaches still working in the sport, having won honours at club and international level, as well as coaching in both hemispheres with his club career spanning 31 seasons so far.

The club have been working hard over the last week to find the perfect candidate to take the club forward, and given the transitional phase from a full-time to a part-time operation it was imperative to find the right person to begin the rebuilding process. 

The Vikings said: "As a club, we believe this appointment gives us the ability to change the course of our future, and although we are still operating under a part-time budget that has been considerably reduced from previous seasons, this appointment is a huge step forward for Widnes."

The three-time Dally M Coach of the Year ended his time coaching domestic rugby league in Australia in 2012, after 28 seasons and 669 games in charge. Tim became the first-ever

As coach of the Australian National side, Tim led the Kangaroos to a World Cup title in 2013, winning two Four Nations crowns in 2009 and 2011, and also won six out of seven Anzac Tests during his tenure. When he eventually left his role as the head coach of Australia, he had won 26 of his 31 games in charge.

As well as his vast experience down under, Tim has also held a Director of Rugby role at Salford Red Devils as well as more recently becoming Hull KR head coach, leading the Robins back to Super League via promotion from the Championship.