Joel Tomkins returns to Wigan Warriors

Joel Tomkins
Joel Tomkins

JOEL Tomkins says his decision to return to Wigan was “a no-brainer” after he cut short his spell in rugby union.

He was unveiled at half-time of the Warriors’ game against Widnes at the DW Stadium- to a rapturous reception.

The Warriors have splashed out a transfer fee to bring Tomkins back to his hometown club from Saracens.

The dual-international - who switched codes in 2011 - joins WIgan immediately on a three-and-a-half year deal, with a one year option.

And in his first interview since returning, he revealed:

- he has taken a pay-cut to return to his hometown club

- he will be fit to play in August once he recovers from back surgery.

- he can’t wait for the chance to pull on the Cherry and White shirt again.

He said: “This was a no-brainer.

“I enjoyed my time in union, but it didn’t feel the same as playing league. I did something new and I’m glad I tried it, but I feel like I belong in rugby league. It’s where I want to finish my career.”

He switched codes at the end of 2011, shortly after scoring a spectacular long-range try at Wembley in the Challenge Cup Final.

He became a regular in a star-studded Saracens backline and earned Test caps for England last year - while he watched his hometown club storm to a trophy double.

“It was quite difficult watching the lads in finals, thinking, ‘Should I be there’,” he said. “But if I hadn’t gone to union I would have had that niggling thing of, ‘I should have tried something else’, so I’ve no regrets.”

Tomkins - whose wife Nicola is expecting their first child in August - is recovering from back surgery and has targeted an August return to action.

Shaun Wane is thrilled to have him back on board.

“I think it’s fantastic for the cub and the game,” the coach said. “He wants to win things with us again.”