One of the games worst kept secrets was revealed today when Wigan Warriors Executive Director Kris Radlinski announced that full Sam Tomkins is to leave the club at the end of the season .
Radlinski said that the option the club had to keep Tomkins for 2019 was too high and they tried to renegotiate a 4 year deal , which still would have been as a marquee player .
Tomkins though told the club he wanted the opportunity to experience a new culture and lifestyle , it is believed he will sign a deal with the Catalans Dragons ( provided they retain their Super League status ) .
Radlinski told the club website ;
“Nothing lasts forever – and as a club we have to constantly evolve. Players will come and players will go. All we ever ask is that players give their all for the badge whilst 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.
“Discovering, developing and getting the best out of players like Sam Tomkins is what we do here at Wigan. That will never stop.”
Former Great Britain full back Radlinski went on to criticise another club , believed to be Catalans , for approaching Tomkins early in the year stating “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. ”
The departure of Tomkins leaves a space in the Wigan side for a full back and the club are close to announcing the signing of Zak Hardaker for 2019 , who will be available when his 14 month ban from WADA ends in October .