Bringing back Joel is just the start

Joel Tomkins back at Warriors training ground
Joel Tomkins back at Warriors training ground

SHAUN Wane hopes Joel Tomkins will be joined by both his brothers in the Wigan team – and it may be sooner than some expect.

The eldest of the three brothers has cut short his time in union to return to his home-town club.

Hooker Logan will be back on board next season when he completes a loan spell at Salford.

And Wane expects the same passion for the club which lured Joel back from union will entire full-back Sam once he has fulfilled his NRL ambitions.

Chairman Ian Lenagan hinted as much after Joel had signed a three-and-a-half year deal, saying: “Let them go and they’ll come back to Wigan. Joel’s the first.”

Wane said yesterday: “I know what’s happening.

“Sam’s a great player and he’ll always want to come back here. I speak to him every other day on Face Time. He’s part of the Wigan family, he won’t go anywhere else.”

Asked whether the prospect of Sam returning was for much further down the track, he added: “I don’t know.”

Elaborating on the recruitment of the dual-code international - who has played 150 games for Wigan - Wane explained how Wigan’s 18-14 victory against Leeds at the Magic Weekend played a huge role in Tomkins deciding to return after three years in the 15-a-side code, where he played for England.

“He watched our win against Leeds and he never felt the same excitement in union,” said Wane.

He knows what our dressing room would have been like after the Leeds game - it was special - and he doesn’t have that in union. He wants to feel that again.

“Magic was the one that got him. No doubt about it.

“We have a good family spirit here and that’s what he missed.”