Winner of two Man of Steel awards, Catalans Dragons fullback Sam Tomkins is well qualified to give his opinion on the big star of 2022.
Tomkins excelled in 2021, taking his game to the next level with the French side and helping Les Dracs to the Super League Grand Final.
A narrow defeat to three-in-a-row champions St Helens followed, but Tomkins was voted as the league’s best player regardless.
Now, Tomkins believes that Catalans are stronger in 2022 – with three new signings in the shape of Dylan Napa, Mitchell Pearce and Tyrone May – and identified one recruit that ‘will cause some damage’ in the upcoming campaign.
“I think we’re stronger, before the singings I think what improved us was we have a lot of young players that gained valuable experience last year,” Tomkins said.
“The three singings are all very good – the club has done really well and worked really hard to get those three.
“Mitchell Pearce is a real talented bloke, its clear that he is a special kind of player, but he’s a really good guy as well and hopefully that will translate onto the field.
“Dylan Napa is a big bloke, I think he will cause some damage to some players this year – he is big and aggressive and suits our style of play.
“Tyrone May can play any position, in training he has been filling in every position except from prop.
“Te will hold value, at the start of the season we will miss Arthur Mourgue and hopefully he can take that spot.
“Someone who can cover a number of positions is always handy to have.”
Tomkins and Catalans start their campaign tomorrow night away at St Helens.