The 2023 season is just around the corner and that will mark the first professional competitive games since the World Cup, where England made the semi-finals led by Sam Tomkins.
That loss to Samoa was crushing in the method of defeat with the Toa Samoa avenging the 60-6 opening game defeat with a drop-goal to break English hearts.
Tomkins is now back and keen for another Super League campaign and is intent on brining a first Grand Final to France having lost in the playoffs last year and at Old Trafford in 2021.
He had revealed earlier that silverware was the sole aim for the Perpignan side, as reported here.
Speaking with Betfred on their Youtube channel he’s also revealed what the Dragons have to utilise if they are to take the league by storm and break St Helens reign of dominance.
Asked about Catalans’ home stadium, the Gilbert Brutus, Tomkins replied.
“We’ve got to use it to our advantage, there’s certain things we’ve got to do that no other club does in terms of travel every other week but what we need to do is that when people travel to us, we’ve got to make sure it’s as difficult as possible.
“We’ve got to take some pride in our home ground, our home pitch and make sure we do everything we can for it to be a difficult spot that people don’t want to come to.”
That pride in the home ground may have eroded slightly given that the stands were quite literally eroding with the Perpignan Council having now taken action declaring two stands unfit for purpose.
As such the Brutus will undergo emergency repairs with the intention to create a large fan-zone in place of the two removed stands, but Tomkins is still keen to play and make an impression no matter what.
“It’s the same old thing for me, I play rugby league because I love it. I’m a competitor and that’ll never stop so 2023 is as big for me as any other year.”