Wigan Warriors stars call for Sean O’Loughlin to play on

Sean O'Loughlin in action against Catalans
Sean O'Loughlin in action against Catalans

Sean O’Loughlin was urged by his team-mates to shelve any retirement plans after his towering performance in France on Saturday.

The 35-year-old switched from prop to stand-off when George Williams left the action with a migraine.

And he dragged Wigan out of trouble, helping turn a 21-0 deficit into a remarkable 32-23 victory, to earn acclaim from both coaches.

The England captain is out of contract this season but has an option for 2019, should both parties be happy for him to play on before he takes a full-time role on the coaching staff.

Prop Tony Clubb has no doubts he could play on until beyond his 40th birthday.

“I personally think he’s got a few more years left in him - hopefully he has, I’d hate to see him retire,” said Clubb.

“He’s a special person and a special talent, and he showed that. He took control of the game and led us around really well.

“It’s a pleasure playing alongside him.”

Centre Oliver Gildart profited from one of O’Loughlin’s interventions, finishing off a long-range try which included an audacious flick-pass to Liam Farrell in the build-up.

“He’s unbelievable, most players would never dream of doing that when you’re losing,” said Gildart.

“He’s a freak. As soon as he went to half, I wasn’t unsettled at all - if anything it fills you with confidence. He’s just a different level. Keep him until he’s 40, in my opinion.”

When Wane was asked whether he hopes O’Loughlin plays on until he is 40, he replied: “No... 45.”

Prop Ryan Sutton will discover today if he faces any further action after being placed on report for an off-the-ball tackle on Tony Gigot in the second-half.