Liam Farrell would "embrace" Wigan Warriors captaincy if picked

Liam Farrell intends to play like a leader for Wigan this year... whether he is handed the captaincy or not.

Thursday, 4th February 2021, 9:17 am
Liam Farrell in training

Adrian Lam revealed to the Wigan Post on Monday that Farrell and Thomas Leuluai are his leading candidates for the vacant captaincy following Sean O’Loughlin’s move onto the coaching staff.

Farrell, 30, would love the honour of leading his hometown club – but says not much would change.

“From my point of view, as captain it makes you feel like you have to set the standards for the lads but I feel like I have that on my back now,” he said.

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“Regardless of who’s the captain we’ll all be pushing each other and supporting each other.

“But if I got it I’d embrace it – I couldn’t say it’d be a dream come true because it’s not anything I ever though about as a kid, I just wanted to play for Wigan.

“I’d be over the moon but if it was Tommy, I’d be happy too – I don’t think there’d be a better person for the job, he’s got a lot of experience, he’s won a World Cup.”

During the off-season Farrell was able to reflect on a 2020 which saw him shortlisted for the Steve Prescott Man of Steel – and his testimonial all-but wiped out by the pandemic.

“It was unfortunate we had to cancel a lot of events but there are a lot of worse things going on at the moment – I was very grateful I got to represent the club at the DW with a game, I got to make a shirt, and the support I had was great,” he added.

“On the field, it was probably one of my better years personally, got a lot of good ball from Jackson (Hastings) and defensively I thought we worked well together. As a team we built as the season went on and to get to a Grand Final, not concede a try all game and then lose it like we did... it was tough.”