Tomkins: Future bright for Wigan

Sam Tomkins
Sam Tomkins

SAM Tomkins has had many concerns racing through his mind recently – but he hasn’t lost any sleep over Wigan’s ability to replace him.

The Man of Steel reckons the club he is leaving in a world-record transfer to the NRL have plotted an ideal succession plan for 2014 and beyond.

Matty Bowen has been signed on a one-year deal from North Queensland Cowboys to smooth the transition until teens Ryan Hampshire and Lewis Tierney are ready for the demands of regular Super League action.

NZ Warriors-bound Tomkins said: “There’s great talent in the young lads and Matty coming in for one year will take that pressure off the young lads, and then they can step up and be regular Super League players.

“Matty is a great talent, he’s got great experience and he’s been playing very well.”

Wane has made former Queensland and Kangaroos full-back Bowen, 31, aware he will have a role in nurturing his successor – and has been pleased with the feedback.

“Matty won’t play every game, we want a smooth transition,” said Wane.

“I’ve spoken to him and he’s very honest, very enthusiastic. He really wants to come here and show himself as a great player and help the young players out as well.”