SAM Tomkins hopes his younger brother does not come under any more pressure than his young peers to crack into Wigan’s first team.
Six young-guns from last season’s all-conquering Under-20s were rewarded with places in Michael Maguire’s full-time squad for 2011.
Among them is Logan Tomkins, the live-wire hooker and younger sibling of Test duo Joel and Sam Tomkins.
The prospect of seeing all three Tomkins boys in the same team has already caught the imagination of fans, journalists and officials – as well as the brothers themselves.
But with 27 other players in the senior squad who all have first-team experience, Logan and the other recently promoted players may have to bide their time.
And Sam hopes his brother does not have more expectations places on his shoulders.
The England full-back said: “I’d like to think there’s no more pressure on Logan.
“There are six or seven others lads who are Logan’s age who want to get in the team as well, so I don’t think he should be under any more pressure than any of them.
“Joel never had it and I didn’t really have it, but I think because there are already two brothers in the team, everyone wants to see Logan in the team and that’s understandable.
“But he shouldn’t feel any pressure from that. That wouldn’t be fair on him because, as I said, he’s in the same position as quite a few others.”
Logan has emerged from the club’s youth system and his Under-20s coach, Darren Fletcher, said he was unfortunate to miss out on a place in the England academy side for their end-of-season Tests against the Australian Institute of Sport.
Although he may have to wait for his chance in the first-team, a lack of depth in the hooker department may work in his favour, with Mike McIlorum and Thomas Leuluai the only senior players with No.9 experience.
Sam – who shares a house with Logan – added: “He’s enjoying training, and I like having him there because it means we can share lifts and I don’t have to drive to training all the time!
“He’s ripping in, like all the lads are, and he’s going to improve massively from being in a full-time environment.
“He’s got an opportunity and he knows he’s got to take it with both hands, he’d be stupid not to and he knows that’s up to him.”
Centre Matt Russell, second row Jack Hughes, half-back Sam Powell, centre Ryan King and prop Dom Crosby were also promoted for 2011, while half-back Joe Mellor – a member of the squad in 2010 – is still waiting for his chance in the first-team.
Other fringe players include second-rower John Walker (one Wigan first-team appearance), winger Josh Charnley (one), prop Ben Davies (five) and centre Stefan Marsh (five).