Wigan Warriors boss Shaun Wane on Sam Tomkins’ future

Sam Tomkins
Sam Tomkins

Shaun Wane insists he has not been told Sam Tomkins will leave Wigan Warriors.

The full-back, out of contract at the end of the season, is expected to move to Catalans Dragons, whose interest surfaced earlier this week.

But Wane insists Tomkins, who returned to Wigan in 2016 from a stint with the New Zealand Warriors in the NRL, is still part of his plans.

“Sam’s a great player and lots of teams are going to be looking at him,” said Wane when asked about Catalans’ interest.

“As far as I’m concerned he’s my player and until Ian (Lenagan) and Kris (Radlinski) tell me any differently he’s playing for me. I’ve not heard anything.

“He’s a great player. A fantastic player and a great competitor. I’ve coached him for many years but I’ve got the players I’ve got and I’m looking after them, making sure we get two points every week and at the minute we’re going well.”

Wigan have a one-year option on Tomkins’ current deal, which would keep him at the DW Stadium next season if exercised, but it is expected the 29-year-old will be playing in a Dragons’ shirt next term.

But when asked if Tomkins, who will line-up against Catalans tomorrow, was part of Wane’s future plans, the coach said: “No question. Unless I get told something different by Rads then he’s my player and we’ll work with him every week.”