O’Neill: Only place I want to be

  • Wigan Warriors Hooker Brad O’Neill has shares his delight in signing a new four-year deal with the club.
  • O’Neill: “Wigan’s the only place I want to be. I’ve always loved the club, and I’m glad I’ll be here for the next four years.”
  • Watch the full interview with Brad O’Neill on Wigan TV HERE.

Brad O’Neill says Wigan Warriors is the ‘only place’ he wants to be after he penned a new four-year deal with the club on Wednesday.

Speaking on his new contract, O’Neill said: “I’m really happy the deal’s done. I’ve got a young family now so securing four more years means I’ve got stability and I can now focus on playing. It’s been a crazy few years already, but I’ve enjoyed it all and I’m looking forward to the next four.”

O’Neill, who has progressed through the Scholarship and Academy teams at the club, expressed his delight on extending his stay: “This is my hometown team who I’ve supported since a young age. Wigan’s the only place I want to be, I’ve always loved the club, and I’m glad I’ll be here for the next four years.”

He added: “I’ve grown up watching Wigan always being in the big occasions, and these are the games I want to play in. I won the Challenge Cup last year, but the dream is to win more.

“Every game I play I can feel myself coming along and developing more. I need to keep playing well, keep working hard, and taking each week as it comes.”

Speaking on the importance of learning from Sam Powell, O’Neill said: “I’ve worked closely with Pow [Sam Powell] for the last few years and learning from him has helped me get to where I am today. You only get one chance at doing this job so it’s about working hard and being patient for when the time comes.”

Reflecting on the Warriors’ golden point defeat to Wakefield Trinity last time out, O’Neill said: “Last week was a very tough game but we came back in on Monday and learnt some tough lessons. Despite the defeat we can take some important things from the game such as learning how to play differently in those high-pressure moments. We’ve learnt massive amounts from the game, and hopefully we can take that into the big games we have coming up.”

Looking ahead to Friday night’s Heritage Round clash with Warrington Wolves at the DW Stadium, O’Neill added: “This week we have kicked on, worked on the mistakes, and prepared for what will be another tough game against Warrington. We don’t take this fixture lightly, and we’ve trained hard this week to make sure we are all ready to go.”

Matt Peet also looked ahead to Friday’s game. Read the full Peet preview HERE.

Thursday 13 July 2023