Featherstone Rovers have appointed Neil Harmon as player welfare manager in a newly created position.
Former Warrington Wolves, Leeds Rhinos, Huddersfield Giants, Bradford Bulls, Salford City Reds and Halifax prop forward Harmon has accepted the role in a voluntary capacity.
He will be responsible for supporting the personal development of players at Featherstone Rovers and their education.
Rovers head coach John Bastian said: “Player welfare management is a key facet of all leading modern day rugby league clubs.
“It is an aspect of the club that I think Featherstone Rovers can improve and build upon. As well as developing skills sets of players at Rovers and their physical attributes, it is important that players develop personally.
“A modern day example is problems that can arise through the misuse of social media as well as more traditional problems such as alcohol and drug abuse. The role also helps players plan for their life after their rugby league career has finished.
“I have known Neil for many years and he has a wealth of experience who has been out of the game for a while which I feel is a shame.
“He has met with Emma Rosewarne at the RFL and Karl Fitzpatrick at Warrington Wolves on what the role encompasses and to develop his knowledge. Neil is enthusiastic and sees this as the perfect opportunity to become involved in rugby league once more and he will be a great asset for us.”