Tomkins has no fears about his knee

Sam Tomkins in training ahead of his comeback
Sam Tomkins in training ahead of his comeback

Sam Tomkins is confident his repaired knee will be stronger than ever.

The full-back is set to make his eagerly-awaited return to action against Hull FC tonight – nine months since his last game.

He underwent posterior cruciate ligament surgery in the off-season.

And while he says it may take him time to get back up to speed after a long lay-off, he has no concerns about his knee.

He explained: “I had a synthetic ligament put in so it’s stronger than it is naturally.

“I’m more likely to snap the other PCL than this one.”

His lay-off as only heightened the anticipation about his return, following two years in the NRL with New Zealand Warriors.

Coach Shaun Wane reiterated he is not expecting much from his marquee signing - yet.

“I’m not expecting a massive change, he’s been out a long time and it will take him time to get into the rythm of things,” he said.

“Once he does, he’s going to be a sensation for us.

“But now now, I’m expecting him to be efficient, talk well, give us some energy. It’s his first game in a long time.

“I’m really pleased to have him back.

“He’s already brought a lot in training because he’s so competitive. That’s why I liked him from the start - well, after the first year!”

Wane coached Tomkins in the Under-18s.

“He was miles off, miles off. He was too small and spindly, in his first game I think he lasted four minutes at Whitehaven before I took him off!” he recalled. “It was only because we had five suspended in the Grand Final that I had to pick him.

“The year after, that’s when he impressed me. He was quick, he can pick a pass, and the key things for me are he’s a competitor and he wants to improve.”