Leigh Centurions have appointed former player Paul Rowley as first team coach.
The 36-year-old former Halifax and Huddersfield player, who was England's hooker in the 2000 World Cup, has been in temporary charge of the Championship club since the departure of Ian Millward to Castleford at the end of last season.
Rowley's appointment, on a two-year contract, follows difficulties in obtaining a work visa for ex-Leeds and New Zealand centre Richie Blackmore, the man lined up to replace Millward.
Leigh chairman Keith Freer said the club still hope to appoint a general manager, who is expected to be Blackmore.
"The delay in appointing the general manager due to the problems with the UK Border Agency has meant that it would be in the interests of the first team that this appointment be made now and alleviate the uncertainty which was starting to evolve," Freer said.
"This appointment reflects the significant work that has been undertaken by Paul and the existing coaching staff in the development of the squad and the recent performances."
Rowley has guided the Centurions to wins over Salford and Wigan in pre-season friendlies and will take charge of their opening match against Barrow in their defence of the Northern Rail Cup on Sunday week.