Wigan Warriors have confirmed that Michael McIlorum has signed a further two-year contract extension which will see him stay with Wigan until the end of 2019, having already signed a new deal in 2014.
McIlorum, an England international and product of the club’s academy, has made 208 appearances for Wigan since his debut in 2007.
Originally from Leeds, McIlorum joined the Warriors in 2005 after impressing Dean Bell, Wigan’s then Head of Youth, before quickly progressing through the academy.
Wigan Warriors Chairman Ian Lenagan, said: “The Wigan club prides itself on producing players of the highest calibre through our Academy and in Michael McIlorum there is no finer example.
“Having signed for the Academy in 2005, Michael has matured greatly and in recent years played a pivotal role in Wigan’s league and cup success. He is one of the finest Number 9’s in the sport and is known for his tough, uncompromising style. Michael is a model professional off the field and a fantastic role model for any young person.
“We are delighted to have secured his services for a further two years as we look to build further success around players like him.”
Wigan Warriors Head Coach, Shaun Wane, said: “The mark of a player is what his fellow professionals say about him and Micky is held in the highest regard here at Wigan and amongst the rest of Super League.
“He is consistently one of our best performers week in, week out and the fans love him here. One of the toughest players I have ever seen play the game, he doesn’t get the plaudits he deserves at times. On current form, he has to be a contender for the Man of Steel Award.”
McIlorum said: “Having signed a new deal last year, I wasn’t really expecting this but I am flattered that the club rate me so highly. I didn’t hesitate to sign this new deal.
“Having been at Wigan for ten years, the place now feels like home. Like the rest of the team, I’m focused on finishing the season well and getting back to Old Trafford starting with a huge game this Friday against Leeds.”