Hall of Fame honour for retiring Sean O'Loughlin
Sean O'Loughlin has joined some esteemed company after being included in Wigan rugby league's Hall of Fame.
The captain, 37, last night confirmed he will hang up his boots at the end of the season.
Wigan revealed he had immediately joined the club's Hall of Fame and will be formally inducted, along with another - yet unselected - legend at a special dinner next summer.
He will become the 15th member of this special club and find himself in the company of Andy Farrell, Shaun Edwards, Dean Bell, Ellery Hanley, Andy Gregory, Eric Ashton, Billy Boston, Brian McTigue, Ken Gee, Joe Egan, Jim Sullivan, Frano Botica, Colin Clarke and Martin Offiah.
Chairman, Ian Lenagan, said: “It’s the first time since 2016 that we have inducted a player into the Wigan Hall of Fame. It is absolutely fitting that Sean is that player.
“Some of my favourite Wigan players ever are in the Wigan Hall of Fame and Sean deserves to be proud to be in such illustrious company.
"Sean will go down as one of the greatest players to have represented Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club.
“Sean has played his entire rugby league career at Wigan and sits seventh on the all-time Wigan appearances-made list. His leadership qualities and loyalty are legendary.
“To spend 19 years at his hometown club and claim the honours he has won underpins what he is all about. He is a true Wiganer, an outstanding Warrior and a born winner.
“Throughout his distinguished career with Wigan and on the international stage, he has always given 100% in every game and continuously wears his heart on his sleeve.
“I am eternally grateful to Sean for everything he has done for the club, for Super League and for his country. The success and inspiration he has brought to the game is exceptional and we as a club have been very lucky to have him."