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Maguire now looking forward
Skipper O'Loughlin describes Grand Final win as "best feeling"
If we keep going and working as hard as we have been this year, hopefully other opportunities will come
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Wigan coach Michael Maguire hailed a "very special group" of players after seeing his side crowned Super League champions at Old Trafford.
The Warriors claimed their first league title in 12 years with a 22-10 victory over rivals St Helens in front of a crowd of 71,526 at Old Trafford.
For Maguire the win caps a superb first season in charge at the DW Stadium that also saw the Cherry and Whites claim the League Leaders' Shield.
The Australian admits there had been plenty of work to do when he arrived from Melbourne Storm but praised his squad for putting in the hard work.
"This is something the boys have worked very hard for," he told Sky Sports.
"It's great to see them celebrate this because way back when I first got here there was a lot of work for Wigan.
"It's a very, very special group. To be in this position now is quite unbelievable."
Wigan's impressive triumph over Saints, coupled with the signing of three players from Maguire's former NRL club for next year, suggests that they could become the dominant force again in the northern hemisphere.
"If we keep going and working as hard as we have been this year, hopefully other opportunities will come," Maguire added.
"The boys are a hungry bunch and there is no reason why the club can't continually move forward.
"I couldn't ask for any more commitment than they've shown this year and what they showed tonight really tells the story of that team.
"This is definitely up there with the biggest moment of my career."
Warriors' skipper for the night Sean O'Loughlin, part of a five-man leadership group that Maguire put in place, described the Grand Final victory as the "best feeling" he had ever experienced.
"This is the best feeling I've had - it's been a fantastic effort this year, a massive achievement," said the loose forward.
"We got points on the board and built pressure and worked hard. We knew they (St Helens) can score tries but we've backed ourselves all year and we showed it tonight."
Team-mate Andy Coley believed there would only ever be one outcome in the showpiece fixture because of the desire to win in the Wigan camp.
"It's immense. It's been a long time for me so to win with this bunch of people means so much," said the experienced prop.
"The desire in the squad is unbelievable - there was only ever going to be one result tonight.
"It means everything to us and the people of Wigan. It's been a fairytale story and a great year."Four Nations. Click here to bet.
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|10||Salford Red Devils||24||19|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||24||8|
|Thursday 28th August|
|20:00||Warrington vs Huddersfield|
|Friday 29th August|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|20:00||Hull vs Hull K R|
|20:00||Leeds vs St Helens|
|Saturday 30th August|
|17:00||Catalan Dragons vs London Broncos|
|Sunday 31st August|
|15:00||Wakefield vs Salford|
|15:30||Castleford vs Bradford|
|Thursday 4th September|
|20:00||St Helens vs Warrington|
|Friday 5th September|
|20:00||Wigan vs Leeds|
|Sunday 7th September|
|15:00||Salford vs London Broncos|
|Sunday 17th August|
|Bradford 34 - 28 Hull|
|London Broncos 40 - 36 Leeds|
|Huddersfield 28 - 14 Widnes|
|Friday 15th August|
|St Helens 40 - 16 Wakefield|
|Salford 34 - 22 Catalan Dragons|
|Warrington 48 - 10 Castleford|
|Thursday 14th August|
|Hull K R 14 - 14 Wigan|
|Sunday 3rd August|
|Castleford 64 - 18 London Broncos|
|Widnes 28 - 10 Hull K R|
|Wakefield 18 - 36 Huddersfield|
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