Monaghan to retire at end of the season

Warrington Guardian: Michael Monaghan, left, and his brother Joel Michael Monaghan, left, and his brother Joel

WARRINGTON Wolves joint skipper Michael Monaghan has announced he will retire from the game at the end of the current season.

Monaghan has been with the club since 2008 and was an integral part of Challenge Cup Final successes in 2009, when he won the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match, 2010 and 2012.

The 34-year-old helped the team to its first League Leaders' Shield success in 2011 and appeared in Grand Finals with the club in 2012 and 2013, following on from his NRL Grand Grand Final defeat with Manly in 2008.

Monaghan, whose younger brother Joel will remain with Wolves, is looking to go out at the top and move into coaching.

He said: “It’s been a privilege playing here for seven years; winning Challenge Cups and playing in Grand Finals.

"It’s all gone better than I could have hoped for or expected.

"I’ve enjoyed my time here and the atmosphere created by the fans over the years has been great.

"I am looking forward to moving on in the game, hopefully into a coaching role whether that’s here or elsewhere. With Joel still at Warrington and me being engaged to an English girl I’m obviously keen to stay over here for a while.

“A massive thank you to everyone who has made my time at the club so enjoyable and I look forward to hopefully ending my time here on a high.”

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4:12pm Sat 31 May 14

akabaz says...

May I wish Michael all the best for the future wherever it takes him, he will be sorely missed, but maybe the rumours that Clark from Castleford is on his way to the hj will prove to be true
May I wish Michael all the best for the future wherever it takes him, he will be sorely missed, but maybe the rumours that Clark from Castleford is on his way to the hj will prove to be true akabaz
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7:02pm Sun 1 Jun 14

pennstate says...

Michael Monaghan has been the pivotal player in the Wire revival and brought true professionalism to the club.His tackling is the best in the league and his vision was instrumental in our go forward. Thank you so much for helping us turn the corner, lets hope the rest of the season will give you at least one more medal.
Who ever replaces Michal Monaghan will need to be good-hope the club can find a role for you next year.
Michael Monaghan has been the pivotal player in the Wire revival and brought true professionalism to the club.His tackling is the best in the league and his vision was instrumental in our go forward. Thank you so much for helping us turn the corner, lets hope the rest of the season will give you at least one more medal. Who ever replaces Michal Monaghan will need to be good-hope the club can find a role for you next year. pennstate
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2:29pm Tue 3 Jun 14

dnk says...

being at wembley in 2009 Monas was outstanding.He is definitley one of the reasons the club has had so much success.im sure every fan will wish him well
being at wembley in 2009 Monas was outstanding.He is definitley one of the reasons the club has had so much success.im sure every fan will wish him well dnk
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