It’s fair to say that Sam Tomkins has been one of the Super League names that people will never forget.
From his early days at the Wigan Warriors to his twilight years with the Catalans Dragons, Tomkins has won it all in Super League – but he has yet to taste Grand Final success with the French side.
In recent weeks, Steve McNamara has gone about trying to rest and recuperate his players as best as he possibly can following a gruelling end to the season with another Easter-like period.
Whilst that meant that the Dragons missed out on third place after a drubbing at the Wigan Warriors, it has meant that the likes of Sam Tomkins have been able to get fully fit for the business end of the season.
And, Tomkins himself has declared himself fit to go ahead of Friday night’s crunch clash in the south of France against the Leeds Rhinos.
“I’m fit and ready to go,” Tomkins said on Sky Sports.
“The last few weeks, it’s been a case of resting rather than pushing and risking an injury on my knee.
“I had a coupe of weeks out and played the Toulouse game but had the last weekend off against Leeds, so I’m fully fit and ready to go for Friday.”
Though the Dragons occupy fourth, it is a worse position than the first which they achieved in 2021, but Tomkins believes there are reasons for that.
“It’s been frustrating, I think the injuries and suspensions we’ve picked up have been really frustrating. Last year in contrast we felt we had no injuries and not too many suspensions and we got to the Grand Final.
“This year has ben a tougher ask and we have missed some key players at times but we have been able to get ourselves in the best position to go and win it. We are in the quarter-finals with what is now a healthy-looking squad.”