Escare will bring the tries, says Tomkins

Sam Tomkins has backed Morgan Escare to raise the excitement levels at Wigan next season.

Tuesday, 13th December 2016, 7:37 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:47 pm
Morgan Escare will start the season at full-back

The Frenchman will start the season covering for injured Tomkins at full-back.

Escare carved out a reputation as an exciting talent at former club Catalans, scoring 58 tries in 83 appearances over four years. And Tomkins wasn’t surprised to see Shaun Wane move for the live-wire utility.

“Morgan is a great player, he is ridiculously fast, and he can score tries from anywhere on the pitch,” said Tomkins. “Hopefully he can bring those tries to our team next year.”

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While some may find it peculiar to have two frontline full-backs in the squad, Wane likes his players to be versatile.

Escare can slot in on the wing or even at dummy-half, while Tomkins started his career as a stand-off.

“There’s always going to be injuries in different positions,” said Tomkins. “I think he’ll be a great addition for us.”

The former Man of Steel says Escare has settled well into his new environment – despite the language barrier!

“He’s a great character, but the difficulty is the language because my French is about as good as his English,” he smiled.

“He text me when he first arrived, I replied, but the conversation went from bad to worse so we abandoned that. Thankfully it’s a lot easier in person.”

Escare and fellow French recruit Romain Navarrete are taking English lessons.