Player Sam Tomkins

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England star Sam Tomkins will swap Super League’s Wigan Warriors for the NRL’s Vodafone Warriors after being officially confirmed today as one of the biggest signings in the Auckland club’s history.

The 24-year-old fullback will move to New Zealand later in the year after England’s 2013 Rugby League World Cup campaign to take up a three-year contract with the Mount Smart Stadium club.

Tomkins will give the Vodafone Warriors arguably the most exceptional try-scorer in the game today as they look forward to marking the club’s 20th season in 2014 since entering the NRL in 1995.

This year alone he has 34 tries in a total of 24 Super League and Challenge Cup matches – including one in Wigan’s Challenge Cup final win at Wembley last month – while his career tally runs at almost a try a game (144 in 150 games). He also has a try-a-game strike rate for England at Test level.

Confirming his signing overnight (NZ time), Tomkins said he was hugely excited about challenging himself in the NRL.
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“I still have business to take care of with Wigan but I’m over the moon knowing I’ll be with the Vodafone Warriors for the next three years,” he said.

“I was thrilled to meet up with (owner) Eric Watson and the club has been terrific throughout. They flew Mum out to New Zealand so they could show her around and she was absolutely blown away by what Auckland had to offer. I was in New Zealand with England for the Four Nations in 2010 and loved what I saw then.

“For me this is about taking another step up in my career by testing myself in the NRL. It has always been a goal of mine and now it’s going to happen.

“I’m really grateful to Wigan for helping to make this possible by giving me an early release. I love the club and the people here and always will but this is the next big step for me.”

The Vodafone Warriors secured Tomkins ahead of a number of other NRL clubs as well as rugby union clubs in France and the United Kingdom.

Owner Eric Watson hailed the signing as one of the most significant since he took over the Vodafone Warriors in late 2000.

“Sam is unquestionably among the biggest names in the game today, certainly the biggest in England,” he said.

“I’ve been so impressed in the dealings I’ve had with him and I couldn’t be more excited about seeing him play for the Vodafone Warriors. I have every confidence he’s going to make his mark in the NRL.”

Vodafone Warriors head coach Matthew Elliott said Tomkins’ arrival would provide a huge boost to the club’s 2014 NRL campaign.

“Sam’s an exciting addition to our squad, a world-class player who supports the direction we want to go in with this club,” he said.

“I’m certainly looking forward to working with him and seeing what he will bring to our team. Signing a player of this calibre is hugely significant for us.”

Elliott pointed to the Burgess brothers at South Sydney as well as the Bulldogs’ James Graham as examples of players moving from the United Kingdom to make their mark in the competition. In recent times Adrian Morley and Gareth Ellis also impressed when they switched from the English Super League while the Vodafone Warriors recently announced they had signed 18-year-old Leeds forwards Jordan Baldwinson and Mason Tonks to join their NYC squad next season.

Vodafone Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah said the club deeply appreciated the role Wigan owner and chairman Ian Lenagan had played in making the signing possible.

“We have enormous respect for Ian and Wigan for the way they’ve handled this process,” he said.

“They’ve been fantastic in working with Sam to enable him to fulfil his desire to join the Vodafone Warriors and play in the NRL. It’s a thrill for us being able to sign him, a huge day in our history.”

Lenagan said Tomkins would leave Wigan with the club’s full support.

“We have a principle of developing players to enable them to take up opportunities at the highest level, like playing in the NRL,” he said.

“We have the greatest admiration for the NRL and are fully aware of how highly the players regard it.

“We’re disappointed to see Sam going but we want to give him this opportunity. Sam knows that there will always be a place for him to one day return to his hometown club.”

Tomkins’ signing also underlines the sister club relationship developed recently, which has included reciprocal visits. Wigan general manager Kris Radlinski spent time at the Vodafone Warriors recently while Vodafone Warriors assistant coach Ricky Henry visited Wigan in July. Scurrah and Vodafone Warriors general manager Football operations Dean Bell also visited Wigan earlier this season.

Scurrah said both clubs plan to combine on a number of initiatives in the future.


SAM TOMKINS
Born: March 23, 1989
Birthplace: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England
Position: Fullback/Standoff
Height: 180cm
Weight: 83kg
Junior Clubs: Chorley Panthers, Wigan St Patrick’s
Previous Clubs: Wigan Warriors 2008-2013
Debut: Wigan v Whitehaven, JJB Stadium, May 12, 2008 (Challenge Cup)
Career Games: 150 appearances 2008-2013
Career Points: 646 points (144 tries, 35 goals, 2 field goals)
Representative: 20 Tests for England 2009-2013 (21 tries)
 

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WIGAN WARRIOR: Sam Tomkins is movng to the New Zealand Warriors.

Sam Tomkins is officially a Warriors player for next season.

His English club, Wigan, held a press conference overnight where they announced Tomkins' departure, ending the long-running charade.

As Fairfax Media were the first to report back in June, it has been a matter of when, rather than if, it will be officially announced that Tomkins was joining the club.

The 24-year-old has signed a three-year-deal in what is believed to be around $750,000 a season, making him the highest paid English player in rugby league.

Negotiations between Wigan and the Warriors have been protracted, particularly around a release fee the Warriors had to pay and there is a clause inserted in his new contract stating Wigan have first refusal on him if he returns to play league in the UK.

This year alone the fullback has 34 tries in 24 Super League and Challenge Cup matches, while his career tally runs at almost a try a game (144 in 150 games). He also has a try-a-game strike rate for England at test level.

"I still have business to take care of with Wigan but I'm over the moon knowing I'll be with the Warriors for the next three years," Tomkins said in a statement.

"I was thrilled to meet up with (owner) Eric Watson and the club has been terrific throughout. They flew mum out to New Zealand so they could show her around and she was absolutely blown away by what Auckland had to offer."

Tomkins previously said he had paid for the tickets.

"I was in New Zealand with England for the Four Nations in 2010 and loved what I saw then," he added.

"For me this is about taking another step up in my career by testing myself in the NRL. It has always been a goal of mine and now it's going to happen.

"I'm really grateful to Wigan for helping to make this possible by giving me an early release. I love the club and the people here and always will but this is the next big step for me."

Warriors owner Eric Watson hailed the signing as one of the most significant since he took over the club in late 2000.

"Sam is unquestionably among the biggest names in the game today, certainly the biggest in England," he said.

"I've been so impressed in the dealings I've had with him and I couldn't be more excited about seeing him play for the Warriors. I have every confidence he's going to make his mark in the NRL."

Warriors head coach Matthew Elliott said Tomkins' arrival would provide a huge boost to the club's 2014 NRL campaign.

"Sam's an exciting addition to our squad, a world-class player who supports the direction we want to go in with this club," he said.

"I'm certainly looking forward to working with him and seeing what he will bring to our team. Signing a player of this calibre is hugely significant for us."

Elliott pointed to the Burgess brothers at South Sydney as well as the Bulldogs' James Graham as examples of players moving from the United Kingdom to make their mark in the competition.

To make way for Tomkins it's expected that Kevin Locke will leave the Warriors, while prop Russell Packer is another player likely to head through the exit doors.

Fairfax Media understands that both players believe they would get more playing opportunities elsewhere and the club are likely to agree to release them from the last year of their contracts.

Neither player would be seen as a guaranteed starter next season, yet they would be making a significant dent in the club's salary cap.

Tomkins will play a key part for England in next month's World Cup and probably won't head to Auckland until after Christmas.

It is possible he could play in the Auckland Nines in February, but the Warriors may prefer to unveil him at their own game at Eden Park at the beginning of the season, so that they're the ones to financially benefit from the big interest there will be in seeing him play for the first time in Warriors colours.
 

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WIGAN WARRIOR: Sam Tomkins is movng to the New Zealand Warriors.

Sam Tomkins is officially a Warriors player for next season.


Warriors owner Eric Watson hailed the signing as one of the most significant since he took over the club in late 2000.
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So Campion, Price and Wiki weren't? Lets not get ahead of ourselves.
 
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ramps

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F*@$ YEAH!!! 2014 grand final here we come.. i know im getting ahead of my self but just take a look at our roster ext year... such a beastly team on paper
quickest backline in the NRL.
1, Tomkins/Locke
2. Fish
3. Nielsen/Laumape
4. King Konny
5. Beast
6. TL/Locke/ST/Chad townsend
7. Shaun Johnson
Our forwards will be mean too. some attacking power with:
Matulno
Matagi
Rapira
Bukuya
Mateo
Lousi
Packer

and then we have hard workers
Mannering
Lowrie
Henry

Then theres the up and comers:
Ikahihifo
Fusitua (next folau)
Kata
Bhana
Vete
Gubb
Palavi
Taukeiaho
Kata
Tuimavave
Faitala-Mariner (next sonny fai)
Havili
Lolohea
Hukatai
 

Sup42

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Finally can ring in sick and not lie about it cough cough , I'm getting on the piss ( My Boss knows lol I fore warned them I'd have a Warriors day off if Tomkins goes to the club ).

Three years is a shock for us all.

Firstly it speaks of serious commitment to the NRL and we will win it in a three year time frame. I truly believe that now , Konrad and Ngane will be Maure , Shaun Johnson will know Tomkins Game inside out , Tomkins will attract / Warriors results , some powerhouse signings in our forward rotation it all looks too good to believe.

Dean Bell has done an incredible job.

Certainly the specter of the union / threat now hangs over our heads and not Wigans , I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts.

As for whether this signing compares to Campion / Wiki and Price , yes it does Tomkins is going to spend his prime at the NZW three years rising to a peak and dragging our team out of the doldrums.

The off field influence of Tomkins will boost Leagues profile in NZ....listening to Mark Richardson making jokes about Tomkins , smugly I know that ck will be lining up at the back of the cue for access behind people like Alan Mac.

Excuse me while I crack open the champers and have a stogie :wtf:
 

Sup42

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So Campion, Price and Wiki weren't? Lets not get ahead of ourselves.
Your about right there , we have a history for a reason. All those names are firsts for the club in their own right.


Matt Elliot was asked whether TL had anything to do with Tomkins coming.

Elliot mentioned how honest and understated Thomas is.


Elliot " What are your thoughts on Sam Tomkins "

Thomas Leuluai " If you get Sam Tomkins he will be the best signing any of you have ever made in your lives "
 

Buck777

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To be fair, he does say "one of", not "the".
Yep I did note that. Maybe the word 'financially' should've been added after significant lol. I'm happy about it don't get me wrong. Just that the last time the fanboys were out in force was for bluey. Though I must admit that the posters singing Tompkins praise in the ESL I have a lot more respect for.
 
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