Tommy Leuluai excited ahead of Wigan return
Former Wigan favourite re-joins Wigan in 2017 after four-year absence
- Leuluai set to represent New Zealand in Ladbrokes Four Nations
Tommy Leuluai has spoken of his excitement ahead of his Wigan return.
The New Zealand international, set to feature for his country in the upcoming Ladbrokes Four Nations, spoke to Wigan TV earlier this week.
The former Wigan favourite will return to familiar territory in 2017 when he re-joins the Club after a four-year absence.
“It’s a club that I have a lot of close friends at and some really good times so I’m looking forward to getting back.” He said.
“That’s the way it’s worked out (to return), it wasn’t really planned that way but I suppose it shows how great the Wigan Club really is.
“At the start of the year my wife was keen to comeback to England and settle down so we made the call and had a look around. When I knew Wigan were interested it was quite an easy decision for myself.”
Leuluai, 31, will take up a coaching role with the Club after finishing playing and revealed that he watched Wigan regularly whilst in New Zealand.
“I spoke with Waney after the Grand Final to congratulate him on the win and the season they had. It was a tough season but I thought they played some really good football towards the end.
“I always knew they’d be close just because of the culture at Wigan. I know what it’s like and it’s one of the reasons I chose to come back. They had a tough season but it just shows the strength and the depth of the squad with all of the youngsters there.
“I’m really looking forward to it, seeing the boys win the Grand Final was great and I just can’t wait to get back there now. I know the expectations that they have at Wigan and look forward to matching them.”
Before returning to Wigan, Leuluai will represent New Zealand in the Four Nations and he believes that Australia are the favourites.
“I think they always are (the team to beat) with the calibre of players they have. We really struggled against them in the warm-up game at Perth, a lot of us hadn’t played for a while and it was tough but saying that it was a good hit-out for us. About 10 or 11 of the 17 hadn’t played for over a month so there was definitely some rustiness there but I’d say they’re definitely the favourites.
“We’re looking forward to it, we’ve got a lot of work to do but we’re just working hard and if we got the opportunity to play at Anfield then that would be awesome.”
CLICK HERE to see the full interview on Wigan TV as well as international build up with Liam Farrell, Lewis Tierney and Steve McCormack.
The Ladbrokes Four Nations begins on Friday when Australia face Scotland at the Lightstream Stadium, Hull (8:00pm) before England face New Zealand at a sold out John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield on Saturday (2:30pm).
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