French super league side Catalans Dragons have officially announced the signature of former Wigan and Auckland warrior fullback Sam Tomkins for the 2019 season onwards.
The former England international will join up with the French outfit and his former National coach Steve McNamara on an Initial 3 three contract with the option of a fourth after turning down his current clubs offer.
Tomkins who is in his final year at Wigan since re-joining them after a somewhat unsuccessful two year stint with NRL side New Zealand Warriors, had received a new 4 year offer on reduced terms, but still enough to be considered the clubs Marquee player!
However, the 29 year old only had one interest and the life style and culture in the South of France was enough to help him decide on his future.
In a brief interview on the Catalans Website, The former England International states:
“I have always enjoyed playing at the Gilbert Brutus Stadium and it will be good to call it home. After speaking with Catalans, it was clear the club has big ambitions for the future and I want to be part of that.”
Making the earlier announcement that Sam would be leaving the Club, Wigan’s Executive Director Kris Radlinski went on to say:
“Players will come, and players will go. All we ever ask is that players give their all for the badge while they are at Wigan. Sam has done that and more – and will continue to do so until he can no longer. Being the competitive and ultimate professional that he is, I have no doubt that Sam will want to go out as a winner this season.”
Although Wigan have come to terms with the loose of their star player, they are not happy in the way it has been handled, as Radzinski continued:
“It came as a surprise to us that another club had engaged with Sam so early in the year when the deadline for approaching a player under contract is at the end of April. We have made our feelings known about this to the club involved.”