Closest I came to NRL was 2012 says O’Loughlin

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Wigan Warriors captain Sean O’Loughlin has revealed the closest he came to leaving the club for the NRL.

O’Loughlin is in line to make his 400th appearance for the Warriors but he revealed that he spoke to the Sydney Roosters in 2012.

However, there was one person who wasn’t too happy that made O’Loughlin listen.

“I spoke to the Roosters but, when I mentioned it to my boy, he said ‘no chance’. O’Loughlin told Wigan Today.

“It was Waney’s first year and when I spoke to him about it he wasn’t too happy.

“You can’t be blinkered, you’ve always got to keep your eyes open, especially from the financial side of things.

“But for me we got to an agreement and I was glad to stay.”

Since 2012, O’Loughlin has had a lot of success at Wigan thanks to two Super League titles, a Challenge Cup victory and also a World Club Challenge triumph last season.

For O’Loughlin, not moving to Australia doesn’t seem like a missed opportunity at all.

“You always wonder but I’ve definitely no regrets,” he added.

“I would have like to have played more games internationally. Some of the injuries I’ve had kept me out of some big games.

“I would have loved to have been part of some of the earlier World Cups, that’s why I’m really looking forward to this year.”

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