Wigan Warriors’ Ben Flower has signed a new four-year deal that will see him stay with the club until the end of the 2020 season.
Flower, 28, signed for Wigan in 2012 from Crusaders RL and made his debut against Huddersfield Giants in round one of the 2012 Super League season.
Wales international Flower has won three major trophies during his time at Wigan and played a key role in the double winning team of 2013 when Wigan won both the Challenge Cup and Super League.
He has made 90 appearances for Wigan since 2012 and the club have acted swiftly to stave off interest from other NRL and Super League clubs.
Flower expressed his delight at the deal, insisting he is suited to life at the Wigan club.
“I love playing here and know that I am very lucky to be able to represent this great club,” he said.
“To be able to play in games like the World Club Series against Brisbane on Saturday is an honour and something I don’t take for granted.
“My family and I are really settled in Wigan, my little boy has grown up here and we’re expecting another child soon so we’re settled here and that’s important to me.
“I’m really pleased to have signed this new deal and look forward to the years ahead.”
Wigan Warriors Head Coach Shaun Wane said securing Flower on a long-term basis was crucial for his team.
“We believe that Ben is one of the best front-row forwards in Super League and is an integral part of the team – it’s great that this new deal has been agreed,” he said.
“We believe that he has his best years ahead of him and are delighted that those will be here at Wigan.
“Ben can now concentrate on playing to the best of his ability and helping the team achieve what we all want this year which is silverware.”
Image courtesy of Super League TV via YouTube, with thanks.