Super Sam stays

Sam Tomkins - new deal at Warriors
Sam Tomkins - new deal at Warriors

SAM Tomkins has underlined his commitment to Wigan by signing an improved deal with the club.

The 22-year-old full-back had attracted the attentions of NRL and leading union outfits after some dazzling performances, but Warriors fended off their interest by offering the England Test ace a lucrative new deal which makes him the best-paid player in Super League.

And the deal is water-tight for at least three years, meaning he will not be able to speak to other clubs – of either code – until the end of 2014 at the earliest.

Tomkins said: “I am delighted to have agreed this new contract with the club and that my long term future is assured.

“I made it clear I wanted to play for Wigan and no-one else.”

Chairman Ian Lenagan says the five-year contract makes Tomkins better paid than many top-line England union stars and the best-paid in the 13-a-side code.

Lenagan said: “There’s no question of him going in the next three years at least.

“One can’t discount the NRL or union eventually, but there’s no question he’s a Wigan player for the next three years.