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Tomkins likely to be a Warrior

Postby Northern_Union » Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:10 am

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The Warriors are likely to win any bidding war to secure Sam Tomkins next year - but they may need to make the Englishman the first million-dollar man in the club's two-decade history.

Tomkins, who plays fullback for Wigan, is regarded as the Super League's best player and would be a significant signing if the Warriors could land him.

The Sydney Roosters and Gold Coast Titans are also in the market for Tomkins, but it appears the Warriors are leading the battle to bring him Down Under.

The Auckland-based club has the room in its salary cap to pay him $1m a year, plus a transfer fee to Wigan, reported to be around $250,000.

Warriors CEO Wayne Scurrah wouldn't talk figures for Tomkins, but acknowledged that the world's best players come with a hefty price tag.

"Everyone knows what the salary cap is. If Sonny Bill Williams was reported to be earning nearly $1m playing for the All Blacks, that's where the market is," Scurrah said.

Tomkins is in red-hot form for Wigan. He scored two tries in the club's 28-20 win over Hull yesterday, and has bagged 10 touchdowns in his last four games.

But like most of the top players in England, he has become interested in a move to the NRL, where he can play in a higher-standard competition, enjoy a better lifestyle and earn more money.

Wigan accept that their top players are looking to the NRL, but rather than let them go, they are doing deals.

Last week it was announced that Gareth Hock and Lee Mossop were leaving the club to join the Parramatta Eels next season. But both are committed to coming back to England when their contracts are finished, and Wigan have also negotiated substantial transfer fees.

Tomkins signed a five-year deal with Wigan in November 2011, but does have an option to look at NRL clubs, and it's believed a deal with the Warriors would also contain a clause confirming he'd go back to Wigan at the end of his time in Auckland.

"We are trying to do it (that way) because it's best for the player, and at the end of the day the guys at Wigan are doing what's best for the player as well," Scurrah said.

"Players want to test themselves in the best comp, and against the best players. We can only generalise about where Wigan are, but I think they know Sam is one of the best players in the world and he's possibly looking at chancing his arm in the NRL."

The salary cap will jump from A$5.85m to A$S6.3m next season, plus there will be an increase of the Marquee Player Allowance.

The Warriors are already well under the cap, while the Titans are $A350,000 under for this year and are also willing to spend up to $A1m on a player next season.

For the Roosters, who have expensive players like Sonny Bill Williams, Michael Jennings, Anthony Minichello, James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce on their books, the Marquee Player Allowance offers them another way to secure Tomkins.

As one of Sydney's more glamorous clubs, they have plenty of businesses who want to be associated with them, and help prop up a star players' wages via third-party contracts. Scurrah says this is an area where the Warriors will always struggle to compete.

"It is definitely harder in New Zealand because rugby is the big corporate product," he said.

"Rugby league gets a fair amount of support, and it's growing, but Sydney is a rugby league town, and it's a bigger city with a big corporate market that wants to get in behind their clubs."

Meanwhile, Scurrah said the club was continuing negotiations to re-sign second rower Feleti Mateo, believed to be a target for both Penrith and the Dragons.

- © Fairfax NZ News
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Re: Tomkins likely to be a Warrior

Postby Muppet » Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:54 pm

I haven't seen him play, but if he is as good as some of you make out, I'm very keen to see him at the club.
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Re: Tomkins likely to be a Warrior

Postby Northern_Union » Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:25 pm

Think Billy Slater and you have Tomkins. Tomkins comes with the same grubbiness and niggle as Slater. Both Slater and Tomkins are streets a head of any other full backs in the game.
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Re: Tomkins likely to be a Warrior

Postby Fanrrior » Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:35 pm




Tomkins is, in my opinion, the best player in the Superleague and the best English player today.
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Postby Northern_Union » Wed May 01, 2013 5:16 pm

Nice find Fannior.
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Re: Tomkins likely to be a Warrior

Postby Muppet » Thu May 16, 2013 8:20 pm

He does look impressive.
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Re: Tomkins likely to be a Warrior

Postby sup42 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:51 pm

Tomkins is the Darren Lockyer experiment in reverse.

A stand off converted to fullback early in a promising career. Watching Tomkins beat Slater inthe opener for the World cup before the ref blew the Whistle for a forward pass.....I read a comment that Slater is an old man now to be fair ( that poster was commenting on Slaters run away Try from the set piece Scrum......Tomkins was gaining on him ).

For mine that's sorta the point. The Warriors have shelved out big bucks for young legs.....a Player in his prime. Can't wait till he brings that unusual dynamic of being an ex half to fullback with his passes to three quarter line players Like Hurell , Fish and Vatuvei.

Wigan have him do it week in week out to Charnley and Goulding on their right side......for us that's Hurell and Fisiahi.

Charnley is superior to Fisiahi imo , but the Center next to Tomkins in Hurrell.... getting played to as a favorite go to move, will open a whole new threat to NRL teams.

Fisiahi is likely faster than Charnely.....most of the devastating Charnley Tomkins plays involve a flat cut out pass to put Charnley in the clear and is a straight out race.

When Tomkins does play to the left as we saw in the first ten minutes of the WC opener V Aus.......Tomkins would, in the same move, be cutting out Nielson and going direct to Vatuvei.

We have bought An architect of perfect back line execution.
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Re: Tomkins likely to be a Warrior

Postby Muppet » Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:07 am

Welcome sup42. I certainly hope you are right. :thumb:
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Re: Tomkins likely to be a Warrior

Postby sup42 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:42 am

Thanks Muppet.

What ever time frame it takes for Tomkins to adjust to the NRL will be worth the wait. Watching the test it won't take him long at all.

We sought of forget that even if the ESL isn't rated very highly , Wigan are quality , at worst you would imagine them sitting Mid table in the NRL ( at the very worst ) , Tomkins has been around for such a long time for a young player. Eight years since he debuted with Wigan.
He's an old head on young shoulders , and he looks like he is getting out because he is getting bored with the lack of regular intensity and new challenges to win games / Trophy's etc.

He'll do right by us if we look after this tremendous asset.
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Re: Tomkins likely to be a Warrior

Postby Northern_Union » Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:57 am

I think most people that know rugby league as more than just band wagoner fans will know that what Tomkins brings to the Warriors is something that can't be coached or manufactured. X factor! We now have something that very few other NRL clubs have and we'll see the benefit of having Tomkins sooner rather than later. And you watch as those that don't really know the game that well jump on board the Tomkins bus.
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Re: Tomkins likely to be a Warrior

Postby sup42 » Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:14 pm

I'm hoping the bandwagoners do Jump aboard . I'm rather fond of em in boosting our numbers in the sport , akin to what we are seeing in the World cup.
What people think is Tomkins strength ( from watching the highlight Vids no doubt ) is just the Xfactor long range tries / fancy footwork and the speed work.

I've seen him play live , I've followed every Wigan game 2013.....and Tomkins strength might well be the Xfactor stuff on the run . but what he has that the Warriors need most is the ability to pass the right ball to the right person at the right time.

I would rate his Vision above any flashy skill.
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Re: Tomkins likely to be a Warrior

Postby Northern_Union » Sat Nov 09, 2013 3:36 pm

Totally agree with you on Tomkins vision and distribution skills. Charnley has benefited greatly from Tomkins feeding him the ball basically as a wide running stand off.
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Re: Tomkins likely to be a Warrior

Postby Northern_Union » Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:10 pm

Only a couple of weeks to go before i see the Warriors live :D
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Re: Tomkins likely to be a Warrior

Postby sup42 » Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:23 pm

Northern_Union wrote:Only a couple of weeks to go before i see the Warriors live :D

Did you see the Trial NU V the Bronco's ?
Early look at Tomkins in a Warriors jersey...thoughts ?
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