What a year for Fielden

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STUART Fielden will reflect on a milestone year when he wakes up on Christmas morning tomorrow.

The no-nonsense prop – who became a dad for the first time in October – enjoyed a sensational return to form under coach Michael Maguire.

His starring performances earned him a new two-year deal with Wigan and a return to the international fold.

And he admits he had as much fun in 2010 as he has had at any other stage of his glittering, trophy-laden career.

The former Bradford hard-man said: “Last season was my fourth Super League title, and it was my joint best along with the first I won at Bradford. I can’t split the two. Obviously my first one was special, and you’re never going to beat your first win.

“But last season was certainly up there with it in terms of how enjoyable it was, because it had been so long since I’d last won one, plus being a part of a special team, with lads who were enjoying their first win – it made it really special.”

Fielden’s wife, Sophie, gave birth to son Robbie a week after Wigan’s 22-10 Grand Final triumph against St Helens.

The birth delayed the 31-year-old’s arrival Down Under for the Four Nations, and after spending several weeks after that tournament at home with his family, he returned to training with a new determination to succeed.

“I love being a dad,” he says. “He’s doing well, he’s not sleeping through yet but he’s doing really well!

“Having a son puts everything into focus.

“It makes you realise that everything you do, you’re doing it for someone else now.”

Wigan’s players will break up for nine days after today and return to training at the start of January. “It’ll be nice to rest up,” added Fielden.