Tomkins plays down praise

Warriors full-back insists he is not a one-man team

Last Updated: 22/06/12 10:31am

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Sam Tomkins: Insists Wigan Warriors are not a one-man team

Sam Tomkins: Insists Wigan Warriors are not a one-man team

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Sam Tomkins insists his Wigan Warriors team-mates deserve as much credit as himself after receiving widespread acclaim this season.

The England full-back is regarded as one of the best players in the Stobart Super League, if not one of the finest talents ever developed by the nation.

Tomkins is not letting the praise go to his head, stating there are better more experienced players at the club and that he has a lot more to learn.

"It is a fact there are far better and more experienced players than me at Wigan. I have the utmost respect for them."
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The 23-year-old has paid tribute to the departing Thomas Leuluai, who is re-joining the New Zealand Warriors next season, revealing he has a massive influence on the team.

Grounded

"Plenty of people have been singing my praises and talking me up this season - but, believe me, I still have so much more to learn," he told the Manchester Evening News.

"I appreciate all the support and encouragement, but there are 16 other players alongside me in games who are busting their guts for us to succeed as a team.

"I simply do my job alongside them. This will always be a team environment where the emphasis is on togetherness. My feet are on the ground.

"It is a fact there are far better and more experienced players than me at Wigan. I have the utmost respect for them.

Misfortune

"One such player is Tommy Leuluai, who had the misfortune to get injured playing for the Exiles against England.

"Tommy is now sidelined. He is world class and one of the best and most gifted players I have ever played with.

"I have learned so much from simply being on the same field. He will be leaving us at the end of the season and this will mean we have a massive void to fill. He is just so influential.

"His return to Australia is a great move for him but a bad one for Wigan. Tommy makes us tick and I will always be indebted to the help and on field advice he has given me."

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