O'Loughlin praises Maguire
Sean O'Loughlin has hailed new Wigan coach Michael Maguire for his thorough approach to the off-season.
By Rachel Griffiths
Last Updated: 13/01/10 5:02pm
Sean O'Loughlin believes new Wigan coach Michael Maguire has already brought the best out of him and his Warriors colleagues.
Former Melbourne Storm assistant coach Maguire has succeeded Brian Noble, who is now at Super League rivals Crusaders, at the DW Stadium.
The new man in charge has employed a demanding training schedule in a bid to bring the Warriors their first major trophy in eight years.
O'Loughlin, who will make up part of a new leadership team for the 2010 campaign, admits the squad have not been taking it easy during the winter.
"It's been a tough pre-season," he said. "We've got a lot done as a team and I think everyone is looking forward to the friendlies.
"He's been very thorough more than anything. Everything we've done has probably been a bit more intense and it's taken everyone out of their comfort zone.
"It's brought the best out in everybody. They are all training hard and really wanting to show what they can do."
Maguire has removed the captaincy role from O'Loughlin but the England international fully behind the new format of a five-man leadership team.
"There will be a group of five blokes out there sharing the responsibility and it will hopefully bring more out of everybody," said O'Loughlin.
"I had quite a few conversions with Mags about it. He explained what he wanted to achieve from it and I think it will really benefit us as a group.
"Anybody new to the club is going to change things a bit. It's a few things out of our norm. We had Brian there for three or four years and you get used to coaches. This freshens things up a bit."
Maguire, who has taken up a three-year contract with the Warriors, is hoping the adverse weather conditions will relent in time for him to see his new team in action in a friendly against Wakefield on Sunday.
"To run around in the snow at this time of the year is completely different to what I'm used to," said Maguire.
"At the moment it's a challenge trying to find somewhere to train each day but we've managed to get some good quality work in.
"We're looking forward to a game on Sunday. We're going to be playing the senior crew and it's going to be a great opportunity to watch them live and see how they perform."