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I turned down Wigan move - Long

St Helens star Sean Long
Long plays his last Saints home game against Wigan on Saturday

St Helens scrum-half Sean Long has revealed Wigan Warriors made an approach to sign him for next season.

The 33-year-old decided to join Hull FC instead because of speculation linking Wigan coach Brian Noble with a move to Celtic Crusaders.

He told BBC Radio Manchester: "Wigan came in for me but you're never certain who's going to be the coach next year.

"What if the coach next year says 'I don't want Sean Long here - I want Sam Tomkins to be scrum-half'?"

He added: "Take that position compared to the one I knew, next year at Hull, Richard Agar was sure to be the coach, I'll be his number one choice and he wanted me to run the team."

Long began his career with Wigan, who are his hometown club, but has gone on to become synonymous with their fierce local rivals St Helens.

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He was released by Wigan after just a handful of games, signing for Widnes and quickly attracting the interest of several bigger clubs.

Long opted to join Saints and has helped them win the Challenge Cup five times and become Super League champions on four occasions.

He has also won the Lance Todd Trophy a record-breaking three times for his man-of-the-match performances in the Challenge Cup finals of 2001, 2004 and 2006, and collected Super League's Man of Steel award in 2000.

Long, who will play against Wigan on Saturday in the eagerly awaited Super League play-off semi-final, signed a two-year deal with Hull FC.



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