O’Loughlin Honoured

O’Loughlin Honoured

  • Sean O’Loughlin on making his 400th appearance for Wigan Warriors

  • Bittersweet night for the skipper as Warriors go down to defeat against Warrington

  • O’Loughlin says Wigan will go away and improve as they look to bounceback

Sean O’Loughlin admitted it was a bittersweet night after making his 400th appearance for Wigan in the defeat to Warrington.

The 34-year-old came off the bench to make his Wigan debut as a teenager back in 2002 against Hull FC and was made captain in 2006.

He joined some of the club’s all-time great on Thursday evening becoming only the 11th player to reach the milestone.

The Warriors however were humbled by the Wolves who edged a tight game, 16-10.

“I’m honoured to get the milestone,” he said. “But the result was what we were after so I’m disappointed with that but there is still a lot to play for so we’ll brush ourselves off.

“We feel as though in the last couple of games we have made a few steps forward but the performance against Warrington was a step back so we want to bounce back straight away.”

With an important few weeks coming up O’Loughlin says Wigan will look to improve ahead of their Challenge Cup semi final with Salford.

“Waney (Shaun Wane) wasn’t happy at all and deservedly so, we’ve let ourselves down but we’ll go away and make ourselves better.

“Everyone is aware that it’s coming up and wants to be a part of it but we can’t take our eye off the league at the moment and know that we need a big performance next week against Leeds.”

Reflecting back on his time with the Warriors, the skipper added: “My debut game seems a very long time ago! I haven’t got too many vivid memories from it but I just remember it being an honour in getting to wear the shirt and to make my debut and I’m still very proud to still be representing the Club now.

“I feel as though the Club handles milestones very well and always put a nice touch on it whether it is 50 games, 100 games or 400 games so it’s nice from a players’ point of view to see that we are recognised and it is something that the players enjoy. I’m really thankful to the Club and to the fans too, I’ve had so many messages this week and really appreciate them all.”

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