Sam Tomkins signs for Catalans Dragons

Catalans Dragons have confirmed the signing of Sam Tomkins on a three-year deal, with a further year option,  following the release by Wigan Warriors at the end of 2018.

Tomkins, 29, made his professional debut for Wigan in 2008 in the Challenge Cup against Whitehaven, becoming the first player to ever score five tries in his first appearance for the club.

The international fullback joined NRL side New Zealand Warriors on a record-fee worth £700,000, where he made over 35 appearances.

The 2012 Man of Steel re-joined Wigan in 2015 on a four-year deal, but the Warriors announced he would be released at the end of the current Super League campaign despite offering him a new four-year deal, say the club.

On the signing, Tomkins told the club’s official website: “I’m really looking forward to the next chapter of my career at the Dragons.

“I have always enjoyed playing at the Gilbert Brutus Stadium and it will be good to call it home. After speaking with Catalans, it was clear the club has big ambitions for the future and I want to be part of that. I have worked with Steve for 5 years at international level and I am looking forward to working with him again. I have good friends already playing at the club in Micky and Lewis and they speak very highly of the club, players and staff so I know I’m in good hands.”