Wigan trio sign long-term deals

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Josh Charnley has signed a new deal with Wigan
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Josh Charnley has signed a new deal with Wigan

England internationals Josh Charnley, Sean O'Loughlin and Michael McIlorum have all signed new long-term contracts with Wigan Warriors, the club have confirmed.

Centre Charnley, who scored 36 tries in all competitions this year, has agreed improved terms for the next two seasons while also extending his contract through to 2016.

Warriors skipper and second-row O'Loughlin, 29, has signed a new two-year deal, with the option of a further year which includes a move into the club's backroom staff., while hooker McIlorum has agreed to stay at the DW Stadium until the end of the 2015 season, with the option of a further year.

In a statement released by the club, Charnley said: "The last couple of years have been a bit of a whirlwind for me but I have loved every minute of it.

"I owe much to the players around me and without them I wouldn't have been in the position to score as many tries as I have.

"We have a great team and it is an honour to play for this great club. We have a squad that I am certain will be continuing to challenge for the top honours in the game over the next few seasons."

O'Loughlin added: "I am thrilled to have signed a new deal with the club and am looking forward to the next couple of years as a player before having the wonderful opportunity to join the backroom staff.

"On the field, we have made great strides in recent seasons, winning the Grand Final and Challenge Cup, and I am certain we can continue to move forward in the right direction and reward our loyal fans."

McIlorum was delighted with his new deal and said he was "looking forward to more on-field success over the next few years".

Head coach Shaun Wane commented: "To say I am pleased to have secured the services of these three players would be a massive understatement. Josh, Lockers and Mickey are part of the back bone of this great club."

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