Sean’s granted a testimonial

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SEAN O’Loughlin has confirmed he has been granted a testimonial by the RFL.

The skipper is nearing the end of his 10th season in the first-team, having debuted early in the 2002 campaign.

And he plans to mark the milestone next season with a series of events.

He said: “I can’t believe it’s been 10 years. I remember when I started, all the senior pros were saying the time will fly by, and it has.

“I’m just in the process of organising some things for it now, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Coach Michael Maguire said: “It’s great that Sean has been given a testimonial. He’s a real leader and I rate him extremely highly – he’s a major part of what we do here.”

O’Loughlin revealed his intentions at Old Trafford yesterday, when he and Wigan team-mates Sam Tomkins and George Carmont were named in the Super League Dream Team – the select XIII voted for my members of the media.

Maguire said: “It’s great to see the players get the rewards and the recognition, but they’ll be the first to thank their team-mates for it.”

Wigan have confirmed that their average attendance for the regular season was 16,125, the highest since detailed records began.

Marketing manager Simon Collinson said: “This is a great achievement and one that is put into context when you consider the figure is also larger than anything we recorded during those halcyon days in the 1980’s and 90’s. Our fans have been fantastic.”

Tickets went on general sale today for Sunday’s play-off clash against St Helens, kick-of 2.45pm.