'˜Wigan Warriors' challenge will be being successful with new style,' says Sam Tomkins
Sam Tomkins believes Wigan's challenge in 2019 will be maintaining their success while playing with a different style.
But he has backed his former club to remain firmly in the mix for silverware – and he is hoping to help Catalans can join the hunt for Super League glory, following their Challenge Cup triumph in August.
Adrian Lam has made no secret of his intention to add some flair to Warriors’ attack during his year in charge.
And Tomkins, who left alongside John Bateman and Ryan Sutton at the end of the title-winning campaign, said: “I’m sure they’ll do more than cope. They’re a successful team and pretty much are every year.
“A few have left but Wigan are known for the conveyor belt and others will step up and play a bigger part.
“People like Morgan Escare, he is an accomplished player but probably got limited time last season and I’m sure he’ll get more time.
“Adrian Lam has made it clear he wants a flamboyant style which is something the’re not known for, Wigan are more known for grinding out wins but winning trophies.
“Their challenge will be being successful with that style.
“Speaking to some of the (Wigan) boys, they’re enjoying training and I’m sure they will be successful – hopefully not as successful as us.
“Wigan are up there or thereabouts every year and I don’t think next year will be any different.”
Tomkins took little more than three weeks off before returning to pre-season training, saying he was keen to get settled at his new club.
Speaking in his first media conference yesterday, via a video-link, he believes the Dragons - who also have ex-Warriors Micky McIlorum, Matty Smith and Lewis Tierney on board - have the arsenal to become only the fifth different club to win a Super League title.
“Our squad is more than capable of winning a Grand Final,” said the 29-year-old. “Last year the start wasn’t great, winning two or three from 11, but you look at how they bounced back and won the Challenge Cup, it was quite remarkable and it showed that the potential is not an issue, it was consistency early on.
“Look across squad and make your own mind up if you think they’re good enough to win a Grand Final - personally I think we are.”
Tomkins could make his first appearance against his home club Wigan at the DW Stadium on Sunday, March 31.
But it is the second fixture - on May 18 - which will generate the most interest, after Catalans moved their home match 120 miles to Barcelona’s iconic Camp Nou.
“I’m really looking forward to playing at the Nou Camp, it’s an unbelievable opportunity for players, both clubs and sets of fans to experience a game at such an iconic stadium,” added Tomkins.
“When there were rumours of it, I was texting Steve McNamara asking if it was true as I was really excited. As players we’re really lucky as we play in great stadia, particularly for internationals, but nothing will compare to the Nou Camp.
“Not only is it massive, it’s just so famous as well.”