O’Loughlin admits international frustration

Wigan captain Sean O’Loughlin has admitted his frustration at the lack of international opportunities afforded to him, as he prepares for his testimonial match this week.

O’Loughlin, 29, celebrates ten years with the Warriors with a year long testimonial this season, kicking off with Thursday’s friendly against Huddersfield at the DW Stadium.

But, writing in his blog on the official Wigan website, O’Loughlin says his international career has been a bit of a disappointment.

He won 11 caps for Great Britain between 2004-2007 and won three caps for England during the 2010 Four Nations. But he missed the 2008 World Cup through injury, and was also forced to withdraw from the squad ahead of the 2009 Four Nations.

He said: “I don’t like to think of anything as a regret, a frustration I have is my international career has never really got going. I’ve been unlucky with injuries and it’s been out of my hands really. 

“I’d love to have played for Great Britain and England as many times as the likes of Moz (Adrian Morley) and JP (Jamie Peacock) and hopefully I’ll get a good spell going forward. 

“The 2013 World Cup is definitely something I have in my sights but to be there I’ve got to continue working hard.”

Morley, 34, is also celebrating a testimonial this year, and last autumn became Great Britain/England‘s most capped player of all time.

Find out more about O’Loughlin’s testimonial at www.sol13.co.uk.

You can read his full blog on the Wigan website by clicking here.

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