Thomas Leuluai hails 'best ever signing' George Carmont

George Carmont
Carmont has scored nine Super League tries for Wigan this season

Wigan half-back Thomas Leuluai says George Carmont has turned out to be the best signing in the club's history.

Centre Carmont, 33, penned a new one-year deal on Tuesday and has been a key figure for the Warriors since joining from Newcastle Knights in 2008.

"He's the best signing Wigan's ever made," Leuluai told BBC Radio Manchester.

"He's the best centre in the game I think, definitely the best in the Super League by far."

Samoa international Carmont had considered retirement at the end of the season but was persuaded to play on for another 12 months, to the delight of Leuluai and his Wigan team-mates.

"It's the best news you can get," continued Leuluai. "He's a great leader round the club, he's well respected by other players and I think when he signed everyone was happy.

"He's very underrated and now he's starting to reap the rewards. He's playing the best rugby he's ever played. Some of the stuff he does on a weekend even I'm surprised he can do.

"I love playing with him - to be honest I think he'll be able to do another year after that. He's an in-form centre and we're very lucky to have him."

Leuluai has also targeted a Super League and Challenge Cup double as a perfect send-off for departing coach Michael Maguire, who leaves for NRL side South Sydney at the end of the season.

The Warriors currently sit one point above Warrington at the top of the table and face the Wire in a crucial Challenge Cup quarter-final on 23 July.

"We want to do it for Madge [Maguire] and we want to do it for each other as well," added Leuluai.

"We want to win trophies at the club and we'll be pushing hard to win both at the end of the year.

"We want to win every battle - that's what Madge has installed in us. We prepare the best and we work the hardest."