WIDNES scrum half Matty Smith is looking forward to enjoying his rugby after a difficult last two seasons in Super League.

The 32-year-old international was released by both St Helens and Catalans Dragons in the past two years.

He turned down the chance of signing for Warrington to opt for the chance of regular rugby at Widnes again - where he has spent time in the past - and playing under Tim Sheens helped sway his decision.

Smith made his first appearance for Vikings in Sunday's friendly game against Castleford and is likely to start in the season opener against Oldham on February 2.

Smith said: "I didn't know what I was doing for a while but it's great to be back.

"I've been at Widnes before so I know what the club is like. It's a big club with a load of history behind them. It's local for me as well.

"I'd never say never to Super League but for me the last couple of years have been difficult and I want to get back enjoying my rugby again.

"I certainly did that on Sunday, I played with a smile on my face and that's what it's all about.

"I hope to be part of something special and getting Widnes back to where they belong."

After being overlooked in Catalans, Smith was loaned out to Warrington towards the end of last year and had a chance to stay with the Wolves.

"There was a contract there for me, but for me it's about playing regularly.

"They had already signed Gareth Widdop and Blake Austin is there. I was up for a fight but I felt what was best for me was to play week in, week out and hopefully I can do that at Widnes.

"I really enjoyed my time at Warrington. Steve was fantastic with me and I owe them quite a bit for getting me back here and playing."

The chance to work under Sheens, who was at Hull KR until last June, was another major factor behind Smith's decision to move to Widnes.

"I spoke to Tim a couple of times when he was at Hull before I signed for Catalans," he revealed.

"I decided to go over there and try that lifestyle. I've obviously followed him for a number of years and what he's won in the game is amazing.

"To get the chance to work with him at this stage is fantastic. I want to go into coaching myself so to learn from him on that side is a great thing for me at the minute."