Sean becomes a code switcher

Hull FC's Sean Long applauds the fans after his team's victor during the engage Super League match at Craven Park, Hull. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 2, 2010. See PA story RUGBYL Hull KR. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire. *EDITORIAL USE ONLY*
Hull FC's Sean Long applauds the fans after his team's victor during the engage Super League match at Craven Park, Hull. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 2, 2010. See PA story RUGBYL Hull KR. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire. *EDITORIAL USE ONLY*

SAINTS legend Sean Long is swapping codes part-time to join Preston Grasshoppers.

The 35-year-old Long - who was the subject of several high-profile union transfer bids during his spell at Knowsley will turn out for Hoppers when his coaching duties at Super League club Salford City Reds allow.

The deal has been set up through former Salford full-back Karl Fitzpatrick who is now player/assistant-coach at Hoppers.

Long will be unveiled as a Grasshopper on tomorrow (Thursday).

He said: “It’s been an ambition of mine to play union and now seemed the right time to do it.

“Preston Grasshoppers has a great reputation as club and a team that produces quality players.

“Wade Dooley, Will Greenwood and Steve Borthwick are just a few of the players that have graced the first team pitch and I’ll be delighted to become someone who has joined this impressive list.”

Long retired from playing rugby league in August 2011 after playing for Hull for two years and is currently in a coaching role with Salford City Reds.

His first game for with the National League Two North outfit Hoppers will be on November 19 against Hull Ionians.

He played 265 games for Saints in a 12-year stay, twice setting a club record for the number of points scored in a Super League season.

Three times, Long won the Lance Todd Trophy for the man-of-the-match performance in the Challenge Cup final. He also won 14 caps for Great Britain.

Grasshoopers chairman Michael Bailey said: “To have a player of his calibre in the team will bring a new found confidence to our players and bring additional skills and abilities to the team.”