Short break concerns O'Loughlin

12 January 2018 05:06:38 EST

Wigan Warriors captain Sean O'Loughlin has revealed that the short turnaround following the recent World Cup has posed a significant challenge to senior players preparing for the upcoming Super League campaign.

O'Loughlin played a prominent role for England in last year's tournament, and was given extra time off to recover by his club.

But the loose forward is now back with the Warriors, 7/2 to win the Grand Final this year and 9/2 to triumph in the Challenge Cup, and working hard to make up for lost time.

"It's not that the clubs don't want to give you more time off - but any longer, and players would be coming back in two weeks before the start of the season, so it's a difficult balance to strike for many clubs and players," he explained.

"From the World Cup ending to the first game of Super League, it's not a long time, and it's not much of a break for the international players. But usually this isn't the case; with the other international tournaments, there's more space in between."

Now aged 35, O'Loughlin looks set to finish his career as a one-club man, after having previously been linked with moves away.

But he admits that the intense calendar of club and international fixtures is becoming a growing challenge.

"Individually, there will be a few players who will feel a little bit behind. But game-wise, you'll probably not see an impact," he added.

"But it's not much time, coming back in January and only having four weeks of a pre-season."

Wigan return to Super League action on Friday 2nd February, when they travel to face Salford Red Devils. The Warriors are 10/11 to win the match with a 10-point handicap.

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