O'Loughlin '˜hopefully' staying at Wigan

Sean O'Loughlin remains '˜hopeful' he can extend his stay with Wigan.

Tuesday, 26th September 2017, 9:33 pm
Updated Tuesday, 3rd October 2017, 3:26 pm
Sean O'Loughlin has attracted interest from Toronto

He is out of contract with his hometown club.

They have held talks throughout the year but have not been able to reach a deal – a stand-off which has alerted big-spending Championship outfit Toronto Wolfpack.

The ambitious Canadian outfit want O’Loughlin on board for 2018 to try and help guide them to promotion to Super League.

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While, on the surface, it would seem unlikely the England captain would leave the Warriors, he confirmed he has has yet to agree terms over a new contract.

“Not as yet, it’s one of those things which has been ongoing,” said O’Loughlin, who has a deal in place to join the club’s coaching staff when he retires. Asked whether he was still hopeful of staying on, he added: “Hopefully that’s the way it goes.”

O’Loughlin, who turns 35 during the World Cup, missed Wigan’s last two games of the season – which proved disastrous for their title defence.

His form over 26 games, which included the World Club Challenge win, yesterday earned him a place in the Super League Dream Team.

It was the sixth time he has been named in the fictitious line-up, which is picked by a panel of journalists and broadcasters.

“It’s always nice to get the nod, it shows you’ve had a good year,” he said.

“The role is slightly different whether you put a middle there or a loose forward, but there are a lot of players in that position who have played well.”

O’Loughlin was the only Wigan player selected in the Dream Team, which had six players from Castleford.