Sam to skipper Warriors

Try-scorer Sam Tomkins takes on Castleford's defence

Try-scorer Sam Tomkins takes on Castleford's defence

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SAM Tomkins says it will be a “massive honour” to captain the Warriors this Friday night.

Coach Shaun Wane confirmed the No.1 will lead out his hometown club against Hull FC in the absence of Sean O’Loughlin and Brett Finch. Both have hamstring injuries.

Wane sees Tomkins as the long-term successor to O’Loughlin as the club skipper and the 23-year-old is relishing the challenge of leading the side for the first time in a Super League encounter. Tomkins said: “It’s something I’d be honoured to do. There are a number of players who could do it.

“When Lockers is out we do miss his leadership and Finchy is a good leader, he’s played a lot of rugby in his career – I think he’s about 35 years old now – so we will miss them. But for a kid like myself who has grown up supporting this club and understands the club and the special people who have been involved – some of the true legends of the game have been captain of this club – it’ll be pretty amazing just to say I’ve done it a couple of times.”

Tomkins does not plan to make any changes to his game, even with the ‘c’ next to his name on the team-sheet.

“It won’t change much,” he said. “I’m quite vocal anyway, on the pitch and in the dressing room.”

Friday’s match – marketed as the Big One 4 and live on Sky Sports – could see Warriors move five points clear at the top of the ladder.

Wane is planning to hand a debut to teenage stand-off Sam Powell in Finch’s absence.

Prop Ben Flower and centre Darrell Goulding are also unlikely to figure.