News of Wigan Warriors star Dom Manfredi’s retirement took the rugby league fraternity by surprise, despite the winger suffering with numerous injuries throughout his career.
In June, the club announced that the winger was set to retire at the end of the 2021 season on medical grounds, but after another consultation, Manfredi called time on his playing career for good immediately.
The initial announcement came after Manfredi suffered a knee injury in training – an injury to his left knee that has given him multiple issues in the past.
Leigh-born Manfredi was at Wigan since he was 14, progressing through the ranks at scholarship and academy level to make his professional debut in 2013. Overall, he made 82 appearances and scored 57 tries for the Warriors.
Two of those tries – arguably the two most memorable – came against Warrington in the 2018 Super League Grand Final. Just weeks after returning from an ACL injury, Manfredi scored twice to inspire Wigan to Grand Final glory.
And, it was that moment which the former winger hails as the best of his career.
“My greatest moment in a Wigan jersey was definitely that Grand Final,” Manfredi told Serious About Rugby League.
“After suffering the ACL injury, to then come back and help my team win the trophy was special – I will remember it forever.”
All in all, the 27-year-old hung up his boots with a Grand Final ring and a League Leaders’ Shield medal. He was also part of the 2016 Super League Dream Team.
But, Manfredi has also revealed that, during his career, he had received offers to move away from the DW Stadium.
“There were offers – good ones too – that came in from almost all Super League clubs.
“But, I wanted to stick by Wigan and show them my loyalty after everything they had done for me.”