Wane leads tributes for O’Loughlin ahead of milestone

Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane has paid tribute to captain Sean O’Loughlin ahead of his 350th game for the club this weekend – saying he’s one of the best players he’s ever coached.

O’Loughlin is likely to bring up the milestone against Huddersfield Giants on Sunday, and when asked if he was the best player he’d coached, Wane said: “He’s one of the best, Micky McIlorum is a different sort of player but he’s up there with Lockers and Sam. They’re all great players, I wouldn’t like to name one but Lockers is definitely up there.

“He’s a great individual, smart, easy to coach, ultra-critical of himself, a massive lesson to any kids coming up here. He comes in for video sessions and he picks things out that I miss.

“He’s one of the best in the world, when people like Ryan Hoffman and Brett Finch go back to Australia the one player they mention is him. It’s the fact that he’s very humble is what makes him special.”