Sam’s the man

Wigan Warriors v Salford City Reds: Sam Tomkins is congratulated by Josh Charnley and Darrell Goulding after scoring
Wigan Warriors v Salford City Reds: Sam Tomkins is congratulated by Josh Charnley and Darrell Goulding after scoring
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THOMAS Leuluai reckons Sam Tomkins would be a sensation in the NRL.

The Wigan full-back is expected to move Down Under at the end of this season.

And Leuluai’s club New Zealand Warriors are leading the chase for his services.

Halfback Leuluai, who left Wigan at the end of last year, said: “There are other clubs chasing him too and at the end of the day he’s got a decision to make, but the Warriors are pretty keen on him and if they get him he’ll be good.

“I know the club is chasing him pretty hard.

“I think it will be great for the club if they can get him. He is a great competitor, and would fit in fairly easily. He is a flamboyant type player and the best thing about him is his toughness.

“He is skinny and small, but you won’t find many guys who are as tough and competitive as him, so he’ll do well.”

Tomkins has spoken to Leuluai “a few times” about the possibility of playing in New Zealand.

Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan has already said he wouldn’t stand in his way if a suitable transfer fee could be arranged – possibly with a return ticket for later in his career.

“I have talked to Sam, he’s asked me a bit about it,” Leuluai told Fairfax Media NZ. “He’s asked me what I thought about him coming here and different things.”

Bookmakers Victor Chandler offered odds of 7/4 on the Warriors being Tomkins’ next club last week – but closed the book within days.

His mother recently travelled to New Zealand on holiday, which only intensified speculation he could be poised for a move.

Meanwhile, a plan to revolutionise Super League is expected to get the green-light in late summer.

The club chairmen were last week shown four proposals on how to structure future competitions.

And the most radical received widespread support in principal. Under the plan, the bottom two will be relegated from the top-flight at the end of next year.

The 2015 season would being with 12 teams in Super League and another 12 in ‘Super League 2’. After each club had played each other once, the top eight of Super League would break away, while the bottom four – and the top four clubs in Super League 2 – would form an eight-team competition for the second half of the season.

Clubs in the eight-team leagues would then clash twice, home and away, with the champions decided by a top-four.