Farrell: Future is good

  • Liam Farrell spoke with Wigan TV ahead of Sunday’s game against Salford Red Devils.
  • Farrell: “I have to try and make sure my performances are better, week in week out.
  • The new Warriors Captain talks leadership and what to expect for the future of the squad.

Liam Farrell says the ‘future is bright’ at Wigan Warriors and says words can’t describe what it means to be Captain.

Taking over from Tommy Leuluai, who retired and joined the Warriors coaching staff at the end of last season, Farrell was appointed as Captain by Head Coach Matt Peet for the 2023 Betfred Super League campaign. Now, Liam says he must lead by his actions and not just words.

“I had a bit of an idea after having conversations with Matty during the off season”, he said, “Even now, I can’t put into words how much it means to me, I don’t think any words could justify it.

“I have to try and make sure my performances are better, week in week out. Being vocal is a big part but actions both on and off the field are probably the most important thing for me.”

He added: “I’ve had some very good leaders before me, like Tommy and Sean O’Loughlin, and growing up watching as a kid they all led by actions.”

An important part of Farrell’s new role will be leading by example for younger players, with the first team squad now including a number of up and coming talents such as Jacob Douglas, Junior Nsemba and Harvie Hill – all of who have come straight from the Academy system.

“We had a leadership meeting and we talked about what stood out this pre season”, he said, “I think it’s the quality and the depth of the young lads that we’ve got.

“There’s been some individuals that have stood out, but across the board I think they’ve all been outstanding. I think the future is good for us. There’s a lot of good healthy competition in the squad and there’s a long year ahead.”

This Sunday’s game against Salford (3pm K.O.) marks the testimonial year of fellow long-term Warrior Sam Powell, with Liam being granted his back in 2020 against Leeds Rhinos.

“He’s fully deserved it,” said Farrell, “Obviously a couple of years ago I did it myself and it’s a very special moment for a player.

“He’s been one of the most consistent players at this club for a long period of time. I’m very pleased for him.”

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Saturday 04 February 2023