Wigan captain Tommy Leuluai “can’t wait” to play on for another year

Tommy Leuluai in action for Wigan
Tommy Leuluai in action for Wigan
Leuluai, 36, announced his intention to enter a 12th season with the Warriors, and his 20th in all, on Monday night.Leuluai has made 315 appearances and won seven major honours with Wigan in two spells. He had been promised a place on the backroom staff when he hangs up his boots.

Tommy Leuluai hungry to play on

Leuluai, who missed the last two months of the 2021 season with a torn hamstring, said: “The main thing is not being selfish and thinking about my own career. It’s more about if I am capable of adding something to the team and I feel like I still am.

“I still have that hunger and desire to play.

“It was a tough injury in August. I’ve worked hard on the recovery and I’m probably ahead of schedule. That recovery has given me the confidence that I can come back and play another season. I feel really fresh at the moment.

“For me, it’s about making sure I get my body right and add to the team next year. The main thing is I’m still enjoying it and I can’t wait to play on for another year at this great club.”

Kris Radlinski heaps praise on Wigan skipper

Wigan executive director Kris Radlinski said: “Legends go out on their own terms. There was no way one of the most decorated players in the modern era was going to let a hamstring injury finish his career.

“Since that day in August, he has worked tirelessly to prove that he has got the physical and mental desire to go around again.

“I know that he is respected by our club and every other Super League outfit. Everyone should be happy to see him play on for one more year.”

Leuluai was appointed Wigan captain following the retirement of Sean O’Loughlin at the end of the 2020 season.

Wigan’s new head coach will be announced at a press conference on Tuesday. Assistant Matty Peet is expected to replace Adrian Lam, whose three-year tenure came to an end after Wigan’s opening play-off defeat.

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