Warriors eye capital gains

Ian Lenagan
Ian Lenagan

WARRIORS owner Ian Lenagan plans to take a home game to London per year in a bid to boost Wigan’s presence in the capital.

Lenagan, former owner of the London Broncos, wants to see both Wigan and rugby league enjoy an increased profile in the south, and is opening an office on Buckingham Palace Road to underpin the expansion.

Two full-time staff members will be based in London, and the Wigan Warriors Business Club, launched in the north in February, will reach the city at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall with an event on Monday.

On playing home games in the capital, which could begin as early as this season when Super League splits into the Super 8s phase, Lenagan said: “The expansion into London is a core element of Wigan’s growth strategy to engage with both the sporting public and the business community.

“It will see a wide array of activities over the coming months and years – including at least one Wigan home game per year – and rugby league camps run by Wigan staff.”

On expanding into London he added: “My personal passion for both Wigan and rugby league in London makes this initiative an obvious one.

The expansion into London is a core element of Wigan’s growth strategy

Ian Lenagan

“The Wigan club is the biggest brand in club rugby and I am fully aware of the need for a major rugby league presence in London to complement the wide-ranging community work already being done successfully in schools and clubs.