Tomkins deal a step closer

Sam Tomkins
Sam Tomkins

THE prospect of Sam Tomkins returning to Wigan for next season has appeared to move a step closer.

New Zealand Warriors are thought to be closing on Sydney Roosters full-back Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

If he became available we would be very interested. So we’ll wait and see what happens with New Zealand

Ian Lenagan

Their interest in the livewire Kiwi No.1 is not a surprise, but fresh reports Down Under suggested the deal - worth nearly £400,000-a-season - was on the verge of being agreed.

Some have suggested the 21-year-old can also cover the wing spot. But having developed into a world-class full-back for the Roosters, it would seem more likely that his recruitment would be to replace Tomkins, who is thought to be keen to return home.

And Wigan have made no secret of the fact they would want their former superstar back on board if he was free to leave the NRL.

Chairman Ian Lenagan said: “If he became available we would be very interested. So we’ll wait and see what happens with New Zealand.”

There would be no shortage of interest in Tomkins from other Super League outfits and rugby union clubs.

But Wigan have first option on his services, a clause they inserted into the deal which took him to the NRL at the end of 2013 for a world-record £500,000 transfer.

“We’ve got the first option,” said Lenagan. “If it gets to the point where he is available it is in our hands. And I’ll be delighted if that was the case.”

Many fans would find it unfeasible that he would join any other club, given his love for Wigan, and the fact brothers Joel and Logan are also in the squad.

If he did return, he would not be the first to cut short his spell away and come back - his good friend Lee Mossop spent just a season at Parramatta, while Joel had a year left on his deal with Saracens RU.