Lockers - Sam can lure big names to Wigan

Sam Tomkins
Sam Tomkins

SEAN O’Loughlin has welcomed Sam Tomkins’ decision to pledge his future to Wigan.

The full-back earlier this week turned his back on lucrative offers from the NRL and rugby union and penned a new five-year deal with the Warriors instead.

Under the terms of his contract, he is prevented from fielding offers for at least three years.

And O’Loughlin reckons the assurance that he will be at the club for that length of time will help lure players to the DW Stadium.

While other clubs can compete with Wigan financially due to the salary cap constraints, the club skipper says Tomkins’ presence at the club could prove influential.

He said: “To know he’s going to be here for a few years, the lads who are already signed here are grateful, and when it comes to signing new players or re-signing existing ones, having Sam here definitely has some pulling power.

“He’s here for a few years and that brings with it a lot of confidence.

“Him staying is not only big for Wigan, it also strengthens the credibility of the Super League as a whole.”

O’Loughlin, recovering from a hip operation which ruled him out of the Four Nations, rates the 22-year-old highly and has been thrilled to see him make his mark for England.

“He’s got such naturally talent, he can create space from nowhere and this past year he’s made massive leaps with his defence,” he added.

“He has the ability to create things from nothing.”

WIGAN’S head of sports science, Mark Bitcon, has been making his mark in his role as performance manager of the England side.

The England team have been using the range of products throughout the Four Nations tournament.

Bitcon said: “There is a massive amount of science to what we do.

“We have hit the England squad with a lot of education in the last six weeks and the supplements play a major part in our processes. We only use products that are well researched such as’s Beta Alanine, creatine and caffeine in terms of ergogenic aid, to enhance performance.”