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Super League: Wigan Warriors head coach Matt Peet pens new seven-year deal

Wigan have rewarded head coach Matt Peet and assistants Sean O’Loughlin and Thomas Leuluai with contract extensions until at least the end of the 2030 season.

The trio inspired the club to regain the Betfred Super League title last season and they went on to win the World Club Challenge with victory over Penrith at the DW Stadium last month.

Peet, who rose through the club’s coaching ranks to become head coach in 2022, had already signed a new deal keeping him at the club until the end of the 2027 season in September last year.

Peet said: “The opportunity to continue leading this team of players and staff is a special responsibility and one that makes me very proud.

“I am delighted to extend my contract. To have the expertise and friendship of Sean and Tommy beside me is a great source of strength.”

Sean O’Loughlin added: “It’s been a privilege for me to be involved in the coaching setup at the club I played for my whole career.

"I’m thrilled that the board has shown such faith in Matt, Tommy and myself to extend our contracts for such a long period. I look forward to continuing the work we’ve been doing with relative success up to now.

"We have a great group of players who come to work every day wanting to learn and improve with every session.”

Wigan Chief Executive, Kris Radlinski, commented on the long-term deals: “I believe it’s useful to articulate my thought process. It all began during the pre-season training camp in Portugal and witnessing the coaching team up close during the camp served as the catalyst.

"Whilst I knew Matt, Sean and Thomas were talented, seeing their depth of knowledge and delivery, and the players’ receptiveness was impressive.  

He added: “Part of my role is to look ahead constantly, and I always need to contemplate our next steps should the coaches decide to move on.

"Our trio of coaches, led by Matt Peet, have not only won matches and trophies but also the hearts of the players, the fans and the Communities they represent.

"Alongside this is their continual desire to learn and eagerness for development. They go about their business in a humble and unassuming manner.

“This realisation spurred a late-night email to our Owner, Chairman, and Director, outlining my thoughts. Their unanimous response was clear: we must retain these guys.

"We also recognise the demanding nature of the coaching profession, with constant media attention and a microphone in your face at every turn. At this point, I began to develop a long-term plan focused on financial security, professional growth, and personal well-being.

"It’s crucial to prioritise the work-life balance of our three coaches, all of whom have young families, ensuring they can manage their time effectively to lead fulfilling lives both personally and professionally."

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