SAM Tomkins has appeared to let slip he will be rejoining Wigan next season.
The full-back had previously said he was “open to other places” after deciding to cut short his time in the NRL.
But in an interview on New Zealand radio, Tomkins said: “I won’t be pulling a Wigan jersey on ‘til February next year.”
Answering a question about his commitment to the NZ Warriors for the rest of this season, he then appeared to backtrack on his remark.
“Once you sign, you’re not signing to leave today, you’re signing for next season,” he said.
“Once this comes out that I’m at Wigan or Warrington or wherever I’ll be, you get people saying, ‘You’re never going to put everything in when know you’re going somewhere else.’ But that’s not the case.”
Tony Smith said at the Warrington press conference this week he had his suspicions where the No.1 was heading, but it wasn’t the Wolves.
Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan has made no secret of his ambition to bring the 26-year-old England full-back back to the club where he left at the end of 2013 in a world-record transfer to the NRL.
When announcing his departure barely 18 months ago, Wigan announced they could re-sign Tomkins on a “defined salary” on his return to Super League.
Wigan is where Tomkins launched his career, playing for the club from 2008 to 2013, and his brothers Logan and Joel are at the club.
The homesick star was allowed to cut short the final year of his lucrative NZ Warriors deal after they recruited Kiwi international Roger Tuivasa-Sheck for next season.