It was announced earlier this week that Wigan Warriors’ new captain would be Liam Farrell and the club have now released footage of the moment he was announced with his brilliant acceptance speech being recorded too.
The captaincy slot was vacant after Thomas Leuluai moved into a coaching role having led the club to 2022 Challenge Cup victory.
That day he lifted the trophy alongside Farrell who now takes over as skipper unsurprisingly.
Farrell will now assume the role for the forthcoming season as they try to knock off St Helens reign of dominance with Wigan being the team to push them closest in the league table, finishing second.
The club posted the video on their Twitter page and Farrell was clearly emotional.
👏 “I’m proud to represent the town, my team mates, the Club but I also recognise that it is time to set the standards even higher for myself and the lads around me…”
— Wigan Warriors 🍒⚪️ (@WiganWarriorsRL) December 22, 2022
When announced to the stage Farrell was introduced to the words: “If you could choose someone who had won four Grand Finals, three Challenge Cup finals, three League Leaders Trophy’s, 300 games for Wigan and World Club Challenge as well then there’s only one Liam Farrell isn’t there?”
Farrell has played for Warriors all his career having had a brief spell on loan at Widnes and he spoke of the pride to represent the town he grew up in.
“I’m trying to get together my thoughts, my words and what my feelings are. Probably to some it up is that I’m proud.
“I’m proud to represent the town, my team mates, the club, but I also recognised that it is time to set the standards even higher for myself and the lads around me.
“It’s not a time to celebrate for myself, it’s a very proud time for my family and they’ll be unbelievably proud but for me it’s a time to look forward and it’ll be a time to celebrate when we’ve got some more silverware in our hands.”
Farrell made his debut in 2010 and has been part of every Wigan side to be victorious in a Grand Final in the 21st century even picking up the Harry Sunderland Award in 2016 as Man of the Match in their 12-6 win over Warrington.