LOGAN Tomkins has vowed to grasp his last chance to impress Shaun Wane before an expected drop down the pecking order.
England No.9 Mike McIlorum serves the last of his three-game ban when Catalan Dragons visit the DW Stadium tonight.
And that means Tomkins will once again get the nod for an extended spell of Super League action in McIlorum’s place.
He said: “This spell has given me a good chance and I’m trying to grasp it.
“I can find my rhythm when I start games, and it’s good to be a part of it.
“It’s been very hard work, but it’s been a good experience and I can only learn from it.
“The more minutes I play the more confident I feel going into the next game.
“When you play the odd game here and there, you can’t get into the swing of things. But once you’ve built up your game-fitness you can concentrate on playing better.” Tomkins motored through 36 tackles without any misses in the gutsy 12-4 victory against Warrington.
But from next week, he is likely to be battling for a bench-spot to cover for regular hooker McIlorum.
And with versatile Sam Powell close to a return to fitness, he knows that a strong display against the Dragons will go a long way towards securing his place in the squad.
Powell is on a similar standing as Tomkins, but his ability to cover halfback as well as No.9 works in his favour.
“When Sam’s back, it leads to healthy competition and it does make you want to improve every week,” said Tomkins.
A subplot to tonight’s encounter will be how the 21-year-old fares against Eloi Pelissier, another second-choice hooker who has thrived during an extended run.
“They’re a good team when they play well,” added Tomkins. “We’ve had our best success when we’ve not let them bully us. It depends on what mind-set we show up with, and if we are physical we can get a good result, but we’re definitely not under-estimating them.”