MATTY Smith – who finished 2019 as a Warrington Wolves player – will play in the Championship next year.

Neighbours Widnes Vikings confirmed the signing of the 33-year-old half-back on a one-year deal yesterday.

England international Smith made five appearances for The Wire having joined on loan from Catalans Dragons in August.

Now, though, the 2013 Lance Todd Trophy winner will aim to help Widnes to promotion back to Super League.

“I’m excited to have signed for Widnes Vikings ahead of the the 2020 season, and I can’t wait to get started," he told the club's official website.

“It’s great to finally get a club sorted, and as soon as I spoke to Tim (Sheens, Vikings head coach) I wanted to sign here.

“It is an exciting squad and the way Tim wants the team to play really suits me, and hopefully that can bring out the best in me.

“Widnes is a big club, and although they’re currently in the Championship I think the goal around the town and the club with the appointment of Tim is to eventually get back into Super League, and hopefully I can be a part of that.

“Throughout my career I feel like I have always had a point to prove, and no matter where you play you always have a few doubters.

"I want to get back to enjoying my rugby again, and I think the way Tim wants to play will benefit me which will hopefully show in my performances on the pitch.”