Wigan’s O’Loughlin ‘deserves’ to lift trophy

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Sean O’Loughlin will lift the Super League trophy if Wigan beat Warrington at Old Trafford on Saturday, whether he plays or not.

The tough-tackling loose forward is battling to overcome an Achilles injury in time for the Grand Final and coach Shaun Wane is likely to give him until the end of the week to prove his fitness.

Full-back Sam Tomkins is preparing to lead the Warriors in O’Loughlin’s absence, as he did against Leeds in last Friday’s semi-final, but says he will invite his captain to receive the trophy if Wigan complete the double.

“If we did get the win, it would be nice for him to lift the trophy,” Tomkins said.

“He’d deserve that. In the games he’s played this year, he’s showed he’s an unbelievable talent, one that we’ve been lucky to have had at Wigan for so many years and to be still playing at Wigan.”

O’Loughlin has appeared in just one of his club’s last 11 Super League matches but made a timely return for last month’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley and Warrington coach Tony Smith told Monday’s Grand Final press conference that he expects him to run out at Old Trafford.