Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane is already looking forward to kicking off the new campaign.
The Warriors were edged out by local rivals St Helens in the Super League Grand Final last weekend.
But Wane is determined that his side will bounce back next term, and thanked the fans for their immense support throughout the season.
“Already we can’t wait to get back in action to go one step further and bring the silverware back to the DW Stadium,” Wane enthused, speaking to the club’s website.
“I can’t put into words how much I would like to thank the Wigan fans that have been immense for us this season.
“The Wigan fans never cease to amaze me. What other club in the world would take over 3000 to a game on the other side of the planet [in the World Club series 2013]?
“They have stuck with us when times have been tough and hopefully we have repaid them with some memorable days too.
“We are all still gutted about the Grand Final but I am proud of the desire and effort my players put in on Saturday night.
“The Wigan fans are very knowledgeable and will certainly appreciate that the players gave it all they could to win the game.”
Meanwhile, Warriors skipper Sean O’Loughlin scooped the club’s player of the year award on Monday night.
O’Loughlin, who will captain England’s side on their four nations tour of Australia this autumn, was handed the award at the Warrior’s end of season ceremony at the DW Stadium – attended by over 400 people.
The 31-year-old, who alongside his coach Wane recently signed a three-year contract extension, made 22 appearances for the Super League runners-up this term, bagging eight tries.
Matty Smith and youngster Joe Burgess were also rewarded for spectacular seasons – winning the coaches’ player of the year and young player of the year awards respectively.
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