Lockers thanks to fans

Sean O'Loughlin
Sean O'Loughlin

SEAN O’Loughlin has issued a heart-felt thank you to supporters as he prepares to bring his testimonial to a close tonight.

The skipper will take centre stage at a marquee dinner at the DW Stadium to wrap up his benefit year.

And the Test forward says he has been overwhelmed by the response he has had throughout his “special” season.

He said: “We planned a handful of events and we weren’t sure how they would go, but I’ve been blown away by the way the fans have got behind it.

“It’s special for any player to get a testimonial, even more so when it’s with your hometown club, and I want to say a big thanks to everyone for their support.”

O’Loughlin is sharing the money raised with three charities: the Emma Hoolin Appeal, the Wigan Youth Zone and the Alzheimer’s society.

Among the events have been a testimonial game at the start of the year which featured an appearance from Kris Radlinski, a derby legends and a tribute by the Riversiders fan club.

“The game was obviously good for me, especially the chance to play with Rads again,” he said. “But of them all, the Riversiders night stands out.

“The place was packed, and it was great that blokes I’d played with and against – the likes of Adrian Morley and Jamie Peacock – came out to support me.”

O’Loughlin – who celebrated his 30th birthday last week – will return to Wigan’s pre-season training when they head to Florida next Thursday.

PARRAMATTA have confirmed they may try to sign Gareth Hock in 2014 after failing with a bid for him for next season.