LOGAN Tomkins admits being the only member of his family in the Warriors ranks next season is going to take some getting used to.
But the young hooker, back in full training after his off-season break, hasn’t got time to catch his breath and contemplate not seeing older brother Sam at training once the England full-back finishes his World Cup duties.
While Sam is preparing to face a handful of future New Zealand Warriors colleagues at Wembley as the England take on the Kiwis, Logan is getting used to the aches and pains of Wigan’s notoriously gruelling sessions.
“You can do as much training yourself in the off season as you like, but it can’t prepare you for what you have to do when you come back,” Tomkins told the Evening Post.
“We’ve had a bit of a running session and Tuesday was our first proper weights session – a few of the lads are struggling already but once we’re used to it, it’ll be all right.”
The Warriors regime will include a focus on skill according to boss Shaun Wane but for now, Tomkins is preparing for more bruising workouts as he joins the rest of Wigan’s pack in wrestling sessions.
But taking on the rest of the forwards doesn’t faze the 21-year-old. “The lads look forward to wrestling,” he said.
“It’s just good to get back into the swing of things because even though they are flogging us every day and bodies are sore it’s good to get back in and feel the benefit of it. “When I first went pro they put me in with the backs because I was quite lightweight but now if you want to be a forward you have to train with the forwards but you get used to it.”
But Tomkins is aiming to ensure he earns his stripes off his own back next term, and will put himself through the pain barrier to ensure he is ready for the new season.
He continued: “The first week you are unbelievably sore and you think you can’t get out of bed but it’s mad what your body can adapt to – and we’re not doing any sort of recovery yet so we’re bound to be sore for the next couple of weeks or so.”
Although Sam would not be back in the Warriors fold yet anyway due to his England duties, Logan admits the thought of him not returning to base next term will take some getting used to – though he knows Sam will be in constant touch with the club.
“It’s quieter but I’m not used to it yet. After the first couple of weeks we’ll be used to it,” said Logan.
“He’ll stay in the loop somehow. He’s always been good friends with Waney and has a good relationship with him.”
Before Sam finishes his international duties, either on Saturday or the following week at the World Cup Final if England beat the Kiwis at Wembley, the Tomkins family will spend Christmas together before the 2012 Man of Steel flies to his new home.
Despite the prospect of not seeing Sam for a while when he leaves, Logan won’t be splashing out on a leaving gift .
“My brothers have everything and if they’ve not got it they can buy it themselves,” he laughed.