Chris Johnson has joined Huddersfield YMCA.
The former Huddersfield fly-half has accepted an offer to join the Laund Hill coaching staff as the club prepares for a first season in North I East.
But the goalkicking ace will have to divide his time with Fylde where he will continue to be a key player for the National I side for a second season following his switch from Huddersfield.
Johnson will spend his time working with the backs as part of a new-look coaching staff, headed by Mark Whitehead and Jody Shaw, and also including club stalwarts Neil Walker and David Dyke.
The England Counties man is expected to attend his first YMCA session when pre-season training gets under way on Monday, June 17.
And YMCA director of rugby Damon Scholes anticipates his arrival will help provide a big buzz around the Laund Hill complex.
“Chris obviously needs little introduction around here,” said Scholes, who also revealed Ed Barber and Tom Sharrock will share the captaincy role for the 2013-14 campaign.
“He was an inspirational player during his time at Huddersfield, where he was at the heart of their successful National II North campaigns, and is respected by everyone involved in the game.
“As a result, we regarded it as a bit of a coup when he agreed to come and help us out on the coaching front.
“I know the players are excited about working with Johnno, and I also know he’s excited about joining us.
“Gaining promotion from Yorkshire I last season was a massive achievement, but we’re making sure we’re taking steps to ensure we keep progressing up the League ladder. Getting Chris on board is part of that process.”
As well as the input from Johnson, Scholes has also announced British Lions RU and Great Britain legend John Bentley and former RL superstar and Giants business development manager Robbie Hunter-Paul will hold specialist coaching clinics this summer.