Super League: Wigan and England full-back Sam Tomkins dismisses NRL

Last Updated: 11/06/13 9:35am

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Sam Tomkins: Dismissing rumours of down under switch

Sam Tomkins: Dismissing rumours of down under switch

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Man of Steel Sam Tomkins says he will not be distracted by continuing speculation over his future.

The Wigan full-back is preparing in Loughborough for England's mid-season game against the international Exiles.

Tomkins is tipped to join the recent exodus to Australia's NRL as soon as next season, with New Zealand Warriors favourites to capture his prized signature.

"There are rumours everywhere," said the 24-year-old. "Everyone seems to have an opinion on where I'm going apart from me.

"I can tell you I've not signed any contract with anyone. I'm a Wigan player for the next couple of years as it stands and, if anything was to change, I'd be completely open about it.

"I am not hiding anything, I've not signed anywhere, it's speculation.

"From my point of view, I'm concentrating on playing for England and for Wigan and, if that was to change, I'd be the first to put my hand up and tell everyone."

Tomkins' England team-mates Lee Mossop and Gareth Hock are the latest players to confirm moves to Australia, where the likes of Sam Burgess and James Graham are proving huge successes.

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"I can tell you I've not signed any contract with anyone. I'm a Wigan player for the next couple of years as it stands and, if anything was to change, I'd be completely open about it."
Sam Tomkins

England enforcer Gareth Ellis was a revelation in his three years with Wests Tigers before moving to Hull and former St Helens captain Graham, now in his second season with Canterbury Bulldogs, admitted Tomkins's departure would be a blow for Super League.

However, Graham revealed the switch could be good for England and said: "It's catch 22 for England with the amount of players coming out here.

"We need a strong Super League but players coming out gives them the experience of playing against top players for when they play the likes of Australia and New Zealand.

"We need the top players playing in Super League but Wigan have a lot of good young outside backs coming through and it would give an opportunity for them."

Wigan coach Shaun Wane is already preparing for life after Tomkins and gave a debut to his understudy Lewis Tierney, the 18-year-old son of former dual-code international Jason Robinson, in last Friday's 33-32 Super League win at Widnes.

Tomkins missed that game through injury but has been passed fit for Friday's game at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

"I had a pull on my Achilles a couple of weeks ago but it's all cleared up now," he said. "I had a week off and now I'm in full training."

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