YOUNG-gun Logan Tomkins didn’t need any convincing that a spell at Widnes might progress his career.
Older brother Joel joined the Championship club earlier in his career – and returned to establish himself in the Warriors team.
Now hooker Logan hopes his dual-registration with the Vikings, under the watchful eye of Wigan great Denis Betts, will help better prepare him for a shot at a place in Michael Maguire’s team.
“I remember when Joel went, he was a bit nervous about it because a lot of people go on loan and never come back,” Logan said.
“But it stood him in good stead, it helped his game and hopefully it works out for me. I’m enjoying it, too – it’s a lot better standard than our Under-20s.”
Dual-registrations are similar to loan agreements, the key difference being they can alternate between the clubs on a week-to-week basis.
Widnes will, of course, be back in the big-time next season after being awarded a Super League licence for 2012.
Tomkins said: “I was a bit unsure at first because they’d had some bad performances, but they’re playing well now and building towards coming back into Super League.
“Everyone is playing for contracts and so there’s loads of enthusiasm in the squad.
“They’re a good set of lads, you can tell how much excitement they have.
“It’s hard because they play to a different structure to Wigan, and being a hooker I’ve got to know them all, but I’m more comfortable now.”
Tomkins also admitted the presence of Betts has been a huge factor in his development.
“Denis Betts has been really helping me out,” he added.
“We only do one session before a game, and I spend all week at Wigan training.
“Madge has been keeping tabs and Denis has been down to the club as well.
“It’ll stand me in good stead for next season and I’m enjoying it.”
The emergence of Logan means it’s only a matter of time before Warriors fans can look forward to the possibility of three brothers lining up together in the first team. But the youngest sibling is determined not to get ahead of himself.
“I’ve not thought about,” he added.
“I’m just taking it each week, if I do get a call-up then great but if not, I’ll just keep plugging away.”