It is believed Super league new comers Hull KR are set to sign Wigan Warriors suspended Forward Joel Tomkins. The news first started to appear on social media, before the club’s interest was confirmed by local radio.
The 31 year old duel Code England international was stood down by the Warriors last week after a video of him attempting to walk behind the bar, before verbally abusing and swearing at bar staff whilst in a very intoxicated state appeared on social media only hours after his side had crashed out of the Challenge Cup with a 23-0 defeat at the hands of Warrington.
The incident happened a number of weeks earlier, however the club were quick to act and following a public statement from Warriors CEO Kris Radlinski the second-row forward was unavailable for selection four the next four weeks and also fined £10,000. While his younger brother Sam, who was also present in the back ground of the video was fined £5,000.
Also, included in the statement was the fact that Wigan were looking to sit down with Joel regarding his future at the club.
Despite the Robins head coach Tim Sheens, commenting that “there has been no signing” following his sides defeat to league leaders St Helens on Friday, however it is believed that Tomkins has agreed an 18 month contract with the Humberside club and could make is debut as soon as this weekend when Hull KR take on an injury hit Castleford Tigers side.
The ban meant that Joel had to sit an watch his Wigan team mates suffer their third defeat in a row as they crashed to a 32 -16 at Wakefield Trinity over the weekend. Ben Jones Bishop and Bill Tupou had given the home side a deserved lead, before former South Sydney youngster Gabe Hamlin crashed over on the stroke off half time for his first in Wigan colours to make it 14 -6 at the turn around.
A full length effort from Jones-Bishop minutes into the second half, knocked the wind out of Wigan’s sails before Tom Johnstone and giant man mountain Pauli Pauli added to the Warriors woes. Tom Davies and Morgan Escare lead the late Wigan fightback, but it was to little to late for the former Super League champions.
The result leaves them still in second spot, thanks to Castleford’s shock win over Warrington and with seven games remaining before the table is split Wigan have plenty of time before they need to panic about possible slipping into the qualifiers.