‘I want Lockers to carry on playing’

Sean O'Loughlin in action at the Magic Weekend
Sean O'Loughlin in action at the Magic Weekend

Shaun Wane hopes captain Sean O’Loughlin will be playing for Wigan next year.

The 34-year-old is the only senior player still out of contract for next season after Joel Tomkins, Taulima Tautai and Liam Farrell signed new deals last Friday.

O’Loughlin, who is set to lead England at the World Cup, has previously said he wants to play on for at least another year.

He has already agreed to join Wigan’s coaching staff when he hangs up his boots.

And Wane said: “I want him to carry on playing and I want to carry on working with him.

“We saw at the weekend how good he is, I feel honoured to have coached him because he’s a special player.”

O’Loughlin played a key role in Wigan’s 24-24 draw with Warrington at the Magic Weekend, covering as an emergency halfback and providing the kick which led Joe Burgess’ match-levelling try.

Farrell signed a five-year deal, Tautai for three seasons and Tomkins for two years, which includes a pathway into an off-field role when he retires from playing.

“A lot is made of your youth and I’m very proud of it, but to keep these three senor players is great news for us,” said Wane, who has also seen George Williams, Liam Marshall and Tom Davies sign contract extensions this year.

“They are players I really respect, they understand what I’m about.

“They want to get better, and it’s a testament to their character that they want to stay at this club rather than go to a club which is not as demanding.”