O'Loughlin to lead Warriors
Wigan coach Michael Maguire has opted to have just one captain in 2011, with loose forward Sean O'Louglin given the job.
Last Updated: 31/01/11 11:08am
Wigan have appointed Sean O'Loughlin as their captain for the 2011 season.
The England international returns to the job for a second time having originally inherited it from his brother-in-law Andy Farrell.
Last season, however, new coach Michael Maguire put in place a leadership group that saw the captaincy shared around between five players.
Loose forward O'Loughlin was a member of that panel and led the Warriors in their Grand Final victory over St Helens at Old Trafford last October.
"Having sat down with the leadership group to discuss the matter together, we decided to have a single captain in Sean for this coming season," explained Maguire.
"The leadership group worked really well last season to help me effect the changes in performance throughout the squad that were needed in our first year together and, further, gave a number of senior players the experience of leading the team on match day.
"However, the Wigan squad now know that it is the responsibility of all the players in a game to take charge and, whilst we will continue to use the leadership group in training, Lockers is seen clearly to lead from the front and was the unanimous choice to be made Wigan captain for the coming season."
O'Loughlin is hoping he can help the Cherry and Whites build on a successful 2010 that saw them end a 12-year wait to be crowned champions.
They have added three players during the winter months to bolster their ranks - Ryan Hoffman, Brett Finch and Jeff Lima all arriving from Melbourne Storm.
"It is always an honour to captain the Wigan side and I am really looking forward to the season ahead," O'Loughlin said.
"2010 was a fantastic year for us and the highlight for me was lifting the Super League Trophy at Old Trafford last October.
"We have a quality squad with three great new additions in Ryan, Brett and Jeff and we are looking to build successfully on what we achieved last season."
O'Loughlin was initially joined in the leadership team last season by Thomas Leuluai, Andy Coley, George Carmont and Phil Bailey. Joel Tomkins was then added to the group after Bailey's campaign was ended early by injury.