“He’s a player that understands our culture, understands me, understands the way we play and brings a lot to the club,” Wane told his club’s official website.
“He’s a great professional who is very competitive, he trains really well and understands the game. He’ll be great for our younger players.
“It seems weird saying that about Sam now because I remember him as a 13-year-old kid but he’s a great role model for the likes of Lewis Tierney now and our younger players will learn a lot from working with someone like Sam everyday.”
Wane feels that the operation will mean that fans see the best of Tomkins when he returns.
“I watched Sam many times last year and he wasn’t at his best because he wasn’t right, now we’ve got him right,” he added.
“I’m happy to have it sorted and look forward to when he comes back.
“I’m also looking forward to giving Lewis Tierney a chance.
“He’s been very loyal to us, very patient, he’s trained really well and is a great kid with a great attitude and a very good player too so I’m looking forward to seeing him play.