Super League: Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins backing new-look side for glory
Last Updated: 28/01/13 8:00pm
Sam Tomkins: determined to help Wigan make it through to a final this season
Sam Tomkins hopes Wigan's "new-look" team go one better in 2013 after they twice suffered semi-final heartache last season.
The Warriors did claim the League Leaders Shield by finishing top of the table at the end of the last regular season, only to fail to make the Grand Final after losing at home to eventual champions Leeds in the play-offs.
"We've lost some experience, but a lot of young lads in their early 20s have gained experienced in recent years."
Shaun Wane's troops also missed out on a trip to Wembley as they were beaten by the Rhinos in the last four of the Challenge Cup, denying them the chance to defend the trophy they'd lifted in 2011.
"Last year we were the most consistent team and won the League Leaders Shield, but the two main pieces of silverware we were up for - the Challenge Cup and the Grand Final - we lost in the semi-finals of both," Tomkins told Sky Sports News.
"We know that we've got to go one step further this year and we will probably use that frustration from last year.
"We won't want that feeling of losing a semi-final again."
Wigan begin their bid for Super League glory this season at Salford on Friday night without several familiar faces, including half-back duo Thomas Leuluai and Brett Finch, who have both moved to the NRL during the winter.
Stand-off Blake Green has, though, been signed from Hull KR and will form a new partnership with scrum-half Matty Smith, who arrived at the DW Stadium midway through last season from the City Reds.
"As we run out on the field on Friday we are a pretty new-look team," Tomkins admitted.
"There are new faces in the camp, especially in the halves where we've got Blake Green and Matty Smith, two lads who haven't played together before.
"It's exciting for us. We've got a lot of young lads coming through at the same time. We've lost some experience, but a lot of young lads in their early 20s have gained experienced in recent years.
"Everyone is going to have to step it up a bit this year."
While Tomkins is fully committed to the Warriors for this year, the England international does admit he is tempted by the opportunity of a move to either the NRL or rugby union at some stage of his career.
"Both union and the NRL are options I'd certainly look into in the future years," the full-back added.
"But, for the time being, I'm really happy playing at Wigan. We've got a great bunch of lads that I've come through the system with, so I don't want to be leaving them just yet.
"At the moment I'm fully focused on Wigan. Union and the NRL are things I'll think about in maybe a year or two."