Sean’s Long road to redemption

Sean Long in his Saints playing days

Sean Long in his Saints playing days

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SEAN Long admits the opportunity to return to Wigan was an absolute no-brainer.

Long spent much of his playing career terrorising the Warriors and their supporters in the colours of St Helens.

But he jumped at the chance of rejoining his home-town club – where he started his career as a player – on the coaching staff.

“It’s an awesome feeling to be back where I started,” Long told the Evening Post.

“It’s a dream come to true to be back coaching at my home-town club.

“I always wanted to come back at some point, I’d just never had the chance before now. When the opportunity arose I jumped at it. It was an absolute no-brainer.”

Long rejected the chance to stay at Salford under new coach Brian Noble, and will rejoin Wigan after serving his notice with the Reds.

He also laughed off suggestions his previous ties to St Helens will cause any problems moving forward.

“The Wigan fans used to give me a load of stick, but you see that kind of thing happening now with Sam Tomkins,” he added.

“You don’t go out of your way to boo bad players. I think it’s a mark of respect more than anything.

“I just hope they’ll be able to see the work I’ll be doing with some of the younger players at Wigan, and maybe give me a bit of credit now.”