Sean O’Loughlin says he never imagined he would play 400 games for Wigan.
The 34-year-old will reach that landmark against Warrington on Thursday and he says representing the Warriors has been a dream come true.
“All I remember about my first Super League game (against Hull) was how hard it was,” he said.
“I remember my heart felt like it was going to beat out of my chest, my arms and legs feeling heavy, but after the game it was the best feeling ever.
“I’d got my first game under my belt and i think we got the win as well.
“As the season went on I started to establish myself a little bit more, but your thoughts as a kid are just getting in the team whatever sport it was.
“Any kid that watches or plays rugby in Wigan the dream would be to represent your club. I always had a ball in my hand and a Wigan jersey on as well, so that was what I always wanted to do.”
During his 15-year career O’Loughlin has won three Super League titles, two Challenge Cups and a World Club Challenge, but he remains hungry for more success.
Both Wigan and Warrington have struggled for form during 2017, but O’Loughlin insists the Warriors can still grab some silverware this season.
“We’re not really focussing on Warrington’s situation too much,” he added. “It’s more about us getting as much as we can do out of these 8s and then kicking on once we break off and crack on to get into a final.
“It’s probably similar to last year. We had a big period where we couldn’t buy a win, but towards the back end of the year once we broke into the 8s we had a real run at it.
“We just kicked on in the play-offs and got our hands on a trophy. When you come into the 8s it’s all about timing and who can pick up their form the best.”