Bradford Bulls centre Chev Walker has become the first player to commit his future to the club since they were handed a one-year probationary Super League licence.
The 29-year-old joined the Bulls from Hull KR at the end of the 2010 season and made 16 appearances this year.
He told BBC Radio Leeds: "I had options at other clubs but my first choice was always to stay here.
"It's a big relief for me to stay here because I feel part of the club."
He added: "I'm 100% behind Francis because he was always a coach even when he was a player so I think he'll do a great job.
"We were flying last season so we just need to improve on certain areas and I think we can compete against anyone."