Sam: I couldn’t turn down this chance

A message from Sam Tomkins is beamed to the DW Stadium
A message from Sam Tomkins is beamed to the DW Stadium

SAM Tomkins admits he may finish his career with Wigan after last night confirming he was returning to the club next year.

The England full-back has signed a three-year deal – with an option for a fourth in the Warriors’ favour – which would take him past his 30th birthday.

I live in a beautiful place, a few minutes from the beach - and some people think I’m crazy to swap that for a few minutes from Beech Hill!

Sam Tomkins

While news of his return did not come as a surprise, the length of the contract delighted fans, who discovered the move was confirmed at half-time during last night’s thrilling 30-20 victory over Warrington.

Asked whether he may see out his career at Wigan now, Tomkins, speaking via Skype, said: “I don’t see why not.

“Hopefully I’ll have a few more years after 30, we’ll have to see at the time, so I can’t look much further than four years right now.”

Wigan have paid a transfer fee of more than £200,000 to buy-out the final year of his contract with New Zealand Warriors.

Tomkins admitted he held talks with Warrington, but the chance to return to his former club was too great a pull.

He joked: “I live in a beautiful place, a few minutes from the beach - and some people think I’m crazy to swap that for a few minutes from Beech Hill!

“But family and friends are a big deal to me, and to play alongside some of my best mates, it’ll be good.

“I had another successful team in Warrington who I spoke to, but the chance to come back to Wigan was too big an attraction. Having a chance to play alongside my brothers was massive.”