Wigan have most potential in Super League history, says Tomkins


Joel Tomkins believes the current Wigan squad has the potential to be the greatest team in Super League history.

Following a second successive Grand Final defeat this season, the Warriors have reinforced their squad with the arrival of Willie Isa and the return of Sam Tomkins, who has been ruled out until Easter with a knee injury.

They join a squad full of exceptionally promising players, with the likes of Oliver Gildart and Dom Manfredi the latest young talents to emerge wearing cherry and white in 2015.

When asked if the current army of Warriors were the most promising of the Super League era, Tomkins did little to dispel the hype surrounding Shaun Wane’s side.

“From my point of view I’d say we are,” said Tomkins.

“Obviously I’m biased, but I think we’ve got some incredibly talented young players in our side.

“Even if you look at lads like Dan Sarginson and Dom Crosby, they are lads that you think are a lot older than they are. They’re still 23 or 24 years old.

“If we can keep the core of our squad together over the next five years then potentially we can have a really successful period. If we turn up with the right attitude this year we have as good a chance as anyone to win silverware.”

Tomkins compared Wigan’s current situation to the one of Leeds Rhinos before their trophy laden period started. Since 2007, Leeds have won six Grand Finals, two Challenge Cups and two World Club Challenges, and Tomkins is hopeful his side can replicate the success of the Rhinos.

“If you look at what Leeds have accomplished over the last seven or eight years it’s pretty impressive. I think we’re in a similar position to what they were in, there’s a lot of young lads coming through the academy system and if we can keep this group of players together over the next few years we can be very successful.

“There’s a lot of hard work to do. We’ve come up short in the last two finals, this year we want to win some silverware.”