Wigan Warriors coaching trio pen historic long-term deals

Ben Olawumi
Tommy Leuluai, Matt Peet, Sean O'Loughlin

Tommy Leuluai (left), Matt Peet (middle) & Sean O'Loughlin (right)

Wigan Warriors head coach Matt Peet and assistants Tommy Leuluai & Sean O’Loughlin have all signed historic new seven-year deals with the club, running until the end of the 2030 season.

Peet, who has an association with the club which spans more than 15 years, has been in charge of the Cherry & Whites at senior level since 2022 and has already seen his side lift every piece of silverware possible.

Winning the Challenge Cup in his first season at the helm, last year then saw Wigan crowned Super League champions for the first time in five years, beating Catalans Dragons at Old Trafford in October’s Grand Final having lifted the League Leaders’ Shield a few weeks prior.

And in February, they would be crowned champions of the world, beating NRL kings Penrith Panthers at a sold out DW Stadium in the World Club Challenge.

O’Loughlin & Leuluai meanwhile made a combined total of over 780 appearances for Wigan during their playing days, and having retired at the end of the 2020 & 2022 campaigns respectively, they are now Peet’s right-hand men.

The Warriors broke the contract news this afternoon live on Sky Sports’ ‘The Verdict’ show, hosted by Jenna Brooks.

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Wigan Warriors coaching trio pen historic long-term deals as boss Matt Peet details ‘special responsibility’ in leading hometown club

Speaking to the club’s website, Peet said: “The opportunity to continue leading this team of players and staff is a special responsibility and one that makes me very proud.

“I am delighted to extend my contract. To have the expertise and friendship of Sean and Tommy beside me is a great source of strength.

“In keeping with the people of this town and the history of this club we will continue to learn, work hard and look after one another. Our community is at the heart of everything we do.”

O’Loughlin – who received an OBE in 2022 – meanwhile added: “It’s been a privilege for me to be involved in the coaching setup at the club I played for my whole career.

“I’m thrilled that the board has shown such faith in Matt, Tommy and myself to extend our contracts for such a long period.

“I look forward to continuing the work we’ve been doing with relative success up to now. We have a great group of players who come to work every day wanting to learn and improve with every session.”

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