SHAUN Wane has hinted Logan Tomkins’ future lies away from Wigan.
The hooker is currently enjoying a second loan spell at Salford.
If I’ve a choice (for a spot) between Logan, who’s an out-and-out dummy-half, and Sam Powell, who can play dummy-half and as a half-back, then it’s always going to go in Sam’s favourShaun Wane
Out of contract at the end of the season, there is uncertainty about where the 22-year-old will be playing next season.
Wane is a huge fans of the crafty dummy-half.
But he admits the same reason behind his exit this year may hamper his chances of getting new deal at Wigan for 2016.
With England international Micky McIlorum cemented at No.9, Tomkins was left to compete with Sam Powell for a bench spot.
And Wane said: “I like Logan. He’s a great pro’ and I rate him highly.
“But if I’ve a choice (for a spot) between Logan, who’s an out-and-out dummy-half, and Sam Powell, who can play dummy-half and as a half-back, then it’s always going to go in Sam’s favour. And he plays straight, defends tough.”
While Wane welcomes competition for places, he admits he has to weigh that against a player’s career prospects.
“And that’s why we allowed him to go (on loan),” he said. “He needed to play at a higher level.”
Tomkins’ two brothers will be at Wigan next season - Joel is currently in the squad and Sam is returning from NRL side New Zealand Warriors.
The three have only played together once, in a pre-season friendly, and never in a competitive game.
Wane reckons the Super League exposure given to him by Salford has improved Tomkins’ game.
“He’s doing well,” he added. “His defence was a bit passive but he’s fixing that.”