Off-contract Wigan forward Liam Farrell hopes to retire a one-club man

Drew Darbyshire
Liam Farrell Wigan Warriors SWpix

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Wigan forward Liam Farrell is out of contract at the end of the season, but he hopes to sign a new deal and finish his career with his hometown club.

The 31-year-old came through the ranks at the Warriors and has gone on to make almost 300 appearances for the club’s first team.

Farrell is out of contract at the end of the season but he has no plans of going anywhere else and wants to sign a new deal with Wigan.

“I’ve been here for so long now and it is all I ever wanted to do and hopefully that can be the case where I stay until the end of my career,”  Farrell told Love Rugby League.

“I’ve never thought about anything else so hopefully that will be the case.”


Liam Farrell eyes Challenge Cup glory

Farrell is just one of two current Wigan players who have won the Challenge Cup with the Warriors, the other being Iain Thornley.

The England international helped Wigan beat Hull 16-0 at Wembley in 2013. Farrell also played in the club’s most recent Challenge Cup final appearance, an 18-14 defeat to Hull in 2016.

Farrell says he will be looking to pass on his knowledge and experience to Wigan’s youngster players on Saturday. They face old rivals St Helens in the Challenge Cup semi-final at Elland Road.

He added: “The young lads have been brought through over the last couple of years and you are starting to see a lot of talent within those.

“I’ll be trying to pass on my knowledge of playing in previous Challenge Cup games. We’ve got a great leadership group who can pass on our experience – myself, Tommy Leuluai, Sam Powell, Willie Isa… We’ve all been in big games and some of them lads haven’t actually won a Challenge Cup.

“There is a lot of big-game experience in there so we will be trying to relay our knowledge to those younger guys about not letting the game go by and just playing your normal game.

“We are coming up against a champion team but we’ve been going really well over the last month or so. There are a few areas where I’d like to fix up but I think attacking-wise I think we’re going really well.”

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