WARRIORS head coach Shaun Wane believes man of the moment Sam Tomkins ought to land the prestigious Super League Man of Steel award this year.
Tomkins, aged 23, has been in sensational form for the current league leaders so far this term, scoring 22 tries – including four last weekend against London Broncos – and also registering a superb 26 try assists.
There is sure to be some striong competition of course, even from Warriors team-mates like Josh Charnley, Gareth Hock and skipper Sean O’Loughlin, but Wane clearly fancies Tomkins to top the pile at awards night in October.
Asked if Tomkins [pictured left] is on target for the Man of Steel prize, the Warriors boss said: “I would hope so, but there are some great players in Super League.
“People like James Roby will always be there, he’s always consistently good.
“I watch every Super League game every week and I’m very honest, but I’ve never seen a player as consistent as Sam this year.
“Whether he gets it or not, I’m not bothered. If he gets it, great, if he doesn’t, I know who should get it.”
Wane added: “I think Sam has been the stand out player this year.
“Gareth Hock has played really well and had a few little blips, the same as Sean O’Loughlin and the same as Brett Finch.
“I think Sam has been consistently outstanding though. There’s no question about that, he’s been the best player in Super League for me so far.
“How he finishes the rest of the season is up to him but as it stands now, as long as I know I’ve got the best player in my team, I’m very satisfied.”
Meanwhile, Wane confirmed again yesterday that injury-hit prop forward Stuart Fielden is still struggling and it’s looking increasingly unlikely that he’ll be in line for a new contract offer at the end of the current campaign.
“Stuart’s been a good asset to us but if he doesn’t play this year then he probably won’t be offered a new deal,” said Wane.
“He’s a real determined character, he’s really worked hard to get fit and it’s really sad.
“He’s had an operation that didn’t work and the operation he had always works but in Stuart’s case it didn’t.
“Then he trained really hard in the gym and tore his pec so it’s just one thing after another.
“I feel sorry for him.
“I had a few injuries in my career, I know it’s very, very demoralising.
“But at the end of the day I’ve got 30 odd players I need to look after.”