STEPHEN WILD has returned to Anthony Murray’s North Wales Crusaders side following a long-term injury to Simon Atherton.

Wild, who has featured for Great Britain and made over 200 Super League appearnaces, retired from playing at North Wales Crusaders at the end of the 2016 season but returned to the club as strength and conditioning coach following the departure of Mike Grady earlier this year.

Having trained with the squad during the past few weeks, Wild will now come out of retirement to fill the space of Simon Atherton who was taken ill following Crusaders’ win over Newcastle and is likely to miss the remainder of the 2018 season.

North Wales Crusaders coach Anthony Murray said: “Stephen is a great professional and through the nature of his work has kept fit since his retirement.

“This wasn’t a move which was planned, but due to the long-term injury sustained by Simon Atherton a few weeks ago Stephen is the ideal player to step into the squad for the remainder of the season.”