Matty Smith says he wants to get Widnes back to Super League, after revealing he turned down a contract with Warrington.
Smith, 32, ended the season with the Wolves, making five appearances, after finding opportunities limited at Catalans.
He said: “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’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.”
Look out for a full, feature-length interview with Matty Smith in an upcoming Widnes Rugby Chat podcast.