Warrington Wolves captain Joel Monaghan is preparing for what he describes as an “emotional night” on Thursday when he makes his final appearance for the club – but insists he looks back on his time with the club with great pride.
Monaghan will leave the Wolves after Thursday’s game at St Helens, after the club decided to release him early from the final year of his contract.
He is expected to remain in Super League next year, but speaking ahead of the trip to Langtree Park, he admits his time with Warrington has been a highlight of his career.
“It’ll be an emotional night. The home game was probably more emotional the last time I’ll be there for Warrington, and it couldn’t have gone better,” he said.
“Thursday is more about the boys, last week was about the fans. It reminds me of when my brother called it a day at the end of last year, it was very emotional and hopefully we can go out on a real high.
“The team were really up for it; there’s a few blokes leaving and we spoke about it’ll be the last time we’d play together in front of a home crowd. It was a special day, and up there with one of the most memorable things I’ve done with Warrington. This week’s about trying to finish on a high for the boys because it means a lot to this group to finish well.
“The club took me in at a real tough time in my life and I knew straight away it was the right move – the last five years have proven that. It’s been the most enjoyable time of my career and as much as it wasn’t planned it definitely worked out for the best.”