Wigan name new captain for 2021

Wigan have named club legend Tommy Leuluai as their new captain for the 2021 Betfred Super League season.

Leuluai is one of the most decorated players in the game, having won seven major honours with Wigan, including the World Club Challenge, Super League twice, Challenge Cup and League Leaders’ Shield three times.

After playing 302 games for the Warriors, scrum half Leuluai will be the most experienced player in the 2021 first team squad as he heads into his 11th year with the Club.

The former World Cup winner signed a new one-year extension at the end of last year to remain with the Club for the 2021 campaign.

On being named the club captain for 2021, Leuluai said: “I am honoured to be named the club captain.

“It’s something I’ve never really chased or thought about, but at this stage of my career I understand the responsibility that goes along with it. I’m really privileged and honoured to be able to do the job.

“Ian, Kris and Adrian spoke to me about it, and I understand the duty that goes with it. With my age and my experience, I’m really happy to fulfil the role for them. I won’t really change too much in what I’ve been doing and how I go about my stuff.”

Chairman, Ian Lenagan, said: “This was an incredibly important decision for me and for the club. I have never actually named a Wigan captain as I was fortunate to inherit Sean O’Loughlin from the previous regime.

“I have a long history with Tommy having been with him as chairman of London Broncos/Harlequins. To watch him develop into the player and person he has become has been very rewarding for me personally. When you look at all the valued characteristics of a captain, Thomas ticks every box. Even in the twilight of his career, he still sets the standards on and off the field. I am convinced he will lead the club well through 2021.”

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