Sam Tomkins pens contract extension

Wigan Warriors full back Sam Tomkins has signed a new contract extension which will make him the highest paid player in rugby league.

Fresh off the back of the news of brother Joel completing his switch to rugby union with Saracens, the 22-year-old signaled his intentions for the future by penning a new deal which will see him remain at the Warriors until the end of the 2016 season.

The contract also includes a clause which states that Tomkins can not speak to either a rugby union or NRL club during the next three years.

Wigan Chairman Ian Lenegan stated “We are thrilled that we have reached an agreement with Sam for his long term future.

“The new contract will rightly make Sam one of the highest paid players in the Club’s History in recognition of his outstanding talents which he has demonstrated at both Club and International level.

“It shows the strength of the sport and the Wigan Club that we are able to invest in such an exceptional player within the Salary Cap.

“I am fully aware of Rugby Union’s interest in Sam, however it gives me great pride that we are able to retain and reward one of the Sports brightest talents.

“I am also confident that for the right person we are able to offer a more attractive package than any other Club in either code.”

Sam Tomkins added: “I am delighted to have agreed this new contract with the Wigan Club and that my long term future is assured. Playing for Wigan means everything to me having come through the Academy and Reserve Grades.

“Being a part of the Grand Final success last year and Challenge Cup victory this season are the highlights of my career so far.

“I am extremely excited with what the future holds under new Head Coach Shaun Wane and am looking forward to what the next five years will bring both for me as a player and for the Wigan Club.”

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