Leuluai denies plan to follow Maguire out of Wigan

Thomas Leuluai
Thomas Leuluai has accumulated 39 tries in 120 appearances for Wigan

Wigan scrum-half Thomas Leuluai has dismissed speculation suggesting that he will quit the DW Stadium to follow coach Michael Maguire back down under.

Reports on Monday claimed that the 25-year-old Kiwi international had asked to be released from his contract a year early to join Maguire at South Sydney.

"I didn't know anything about it," he said. "It's speculation. It's never been an ambition to return to the NRL.

"When people asked if I was leaving I thought it was pretty funny."

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are looking for a scrum-half after Chris Sandow snubbed a new deal in favour of a move to Parramatta.

And World Cup, Four Nations and Grand Final-winning Leuluai would appear to fit the bill. But, although Maguire has already announced his departure, the Wigan number seven insists that he is going nowhere for now.

"I'm off contract next year," he said. "We'll see what happens then.

"I came over here in 2004 and have really enjoyed it," added Leuluai at the first Exiles training session ahead of Friday's clash with England at Headingley.

"Wigan are a great club. It's a privilege to play with them and play hard for them."