Shaun Wane has surprisingly announced his decision to depart his role as Wigan Warriors head coach at the end of the Super League season.
The 53-year-old played 150 games for the Warriors and, after spells at Leeds Rhinos and Workington Town, returned to the club as assistant coach to Michael Maguire in 2010.
Wane was promoted to head coach ahead of the 2012 season and has led Wigan to two Grand Final victories, also winning the League Leaders' Shield, Challenge Cup and World Club Challenge.
But Wane has now decided to seek a new challenge.
Speaking to the club's official website, he said: "Regrettably I have decided to announce my resignation as head coach of Wigan Warriors with the 2018 season being my last in charge.
"Throughout my playing and coaching career I have enjoyed unparalleled success in all areas.
"The town of Wigan and the club will always remain special to me, however I feel that now is the right time for me to seek a new challenge and direction in my professional career.
"As head coach, I have taken the club to six major finals, winning three, given debuts to 37 players from the Wigan Academy and won a World Club Challenge, to name but a few.
"These accolades have given me both personal and professional satisfaction and the memories will remain with me evermore."
Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan added: "Shaun Wane will leave Wigan in the knowledge that his place in Wigan's history is guaranteed.
"I feel certain that his decision to leave will have been a difficult one but he is a winner who wants to advance his career and challenge himself further on a different stage, having won everything with Wigan.
"He has provided Wigan with some memorable moments in the past six years and I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey that we have been on together.
"I have immense respect and admiration for Shaun as a coach and would be delighted to see him sign off his seventh year as Wigan head coach with yet more trophies."
Wane's resignation comes during a period of change at the DW Stadium with Sam Tomkins departing for Catalans Dragons at the end of the campaign, and Zak Hardaker joining in November at the end of his ban for testing positive for a prohibited substance.
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