On his decision to retire, Clubb said: “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I can honestly say with my hand on my heart I’ve had the best time. I’ve travelled the world, won many things and played with some outstanding people. It’s been an absolute pleasure and I’m sad it’s come to end.

“I’ve had a good stint. To be a part of Grand Final experiences, to walking out at Old Trafford and to win it 2018 was special. It’s memorable. The World Club Challenge in 2017 probably meant more – to do it at the DW in front of our fans and against the Aussies. It was great. The League Leaders last year was special too. I’m happy with what I’ve achieved.

“I’d like to thank Kris Radlinski and Shaun Wane for bringing me to the Club. When I met them, I knew this was the Club I wanted to come to. It was the place for me. They made it happen and I was lucky enough to come here in 2014. I’d like to thank the players that I’ve played with and the coaches that have coached me. I hope I’ve done them and the Club proud. The fans too – they’ve been outstanding towards me – through the good and the bad times. I can’t thank them enough. They welcomed me with open arms when I first arrived in Wigan from London and I’m really happy to say that I now call Wigan my home.

“The whole experience has been an absolute pleasure and I’ve loved playing for this great Club.”

Executive director, Kris Radlinski, said: “Tony Clubb has been one of the best signings for the Club in the last decade.

“I vividly remember meeting Tony and Shaun Wane in a hotel in Manchester when he was considering leaving London and moving North. After selling the Club to him, he said, ‘I’m in, I just want to win’. I said, ‘We have not talked about money’, he said, ‘It doesn’t matter’. Ever since that day, he has been a really great guy to work alongside.

“Players at the Club will say that he is a brilliant teammate, and the performance staff will say that he is a dream to coach. He has embraced the culture and people of our town and will continue to live here.

“I am hopeful that we will still see him on game days working in the hospitality lounges and mingling with our corporate partners. He should be proud of his achievements in the game and will always be remembered as a proper bloke.”