Flower signs new deal with Wigan

Wigan Warriors have confirmed that Ben Flower has signed a new four-year deal that will see him stay until the end of the 2020 season.

Flower, who performed admirably in 2015, has been rewarded with a new deal that will keep him in cherry and white for the next five seasons.

He started last year serving a suspension following his well-publicised dismissal in the 2014 Grand Final for punching Lance Hohaia, however he came back superbly and played a key role for the Warriors last year.

The 28-year-old signed for Wigan in 2012 from Crusaders RL and made his debut against Huddersfield Giants in round one of the 2012 Super League season.

Flower has won three major trophies during his time at Wigan and played a key role in the double winning team of 2013 when Wigan won both the Challenge Cup and Super League.

His contract was due to expire at the end of the season, however the club have decided to tie him down early.

“We believe that Ben is one of the best Front-Row forwards in Super League and an integral part of the team and it’s great that this new deal has been agreed,” said head coach Shaun Wane.

“Ben works hard on and off the field and is always looking to improve. We believe that he has his best years ahead of him and are delighted that those will be here at Wigan. Ben can now concentrate on playing to the best of his ability and helping the team achieve what we all want this year which is silverware.”

Flower added: “I love playing here and know that I am very lucky to be able to represent this great club. To be able to play in games like the World Club Series against Brisbane on Saturday is an honour and something I don’t take for granted.

“My family and I are really settled in Wigan, my little boy has grown-up here and we’re expecting another child soon so we’re settled here and that’s important to me. I’m really pleased to have signed this new deal and look forward to the years ahead.”