‘Farrell is captaincy material’

Wigan's Liam Farrell
Wigan's Liam Farrell

SHAUN Wane reckons Liam Farrell could be a future Wigan captain.

The England second-rower had the honour for the first time last Sunday as the holders eased into the next round of the Challenge Cup with a 52-8 win against Hunslet.

When regular skipper Sean O’Loughlin is missing, Wane will rotate the captaincy between senior members Matty Smith, Blake Green and Farrell.

And he was pleased with the way the work-hungry 23-year-old stepped up to the mark.

With Farrell contracted until the end of 2017, with an option for the following season, he could be a long-term successor to 31-year-old O’Loughlin.

Wane said: “He impressed me with how he handled it and what he said before the game and at half-time.

“He’s playing like a leader, and that’s what I expect from him - his form has been outstanding.

“The way he plays, the way he speaks, he’s definitely captaincy material.”

Wane will today name his 19-man squad for Friday’s mouth-watering showdown at Leeds.

O’Loughlin, Green, McIlorum and centre Darrell Goulding are all likely to feature after a weekend off.

Wane was waiting to see how Eddy Pettybourne responded at training, but suspected he may need another week to recover from an ankle problem.

Ben Flower, Josh Charnley and Iain Thornley are out.