Sam Tomkins targets more trophies with Wigan

By Elizabeth HudsonBBC Sport

Sam Tomkins has admitted committing his future to rugby league was a difficult decision - but his sights are now set on winning more trophies with Wigan.

The England international signed an extended deal with the Warriors despite growing interest from rugby union.

"I'm only 22 and having to think about the next three or four years wasn't easy," he told BBC Sport ahead of the new Super League season.

"I'm concentrating on England rugby league and Wigan Warriors."

Sam agreed to commit to Wigan on the day elder brother Joel left Wigan for rugby union side Saracens.

He added: "With Joel deciding to leave and go to Saracens, I had to decide what I wanted to do, but I do love it at Wigan and, once [chairman] Ian Lenagan showed the passion to keep me, I was all for signing.

"My contract locks me in for a minimum of three years, so when that time comes around I'll have a think.

"You want to do as much as you can when you are playing because it is not a long career. After I win one trophy I'm just looking to win another."

Since making his Super League debut in 2008, Tomkins has become one of the sport's hottest properties, helping Wigan win the 2010 Grand Final and last season's Challenge Cup.

Tomkins was nominated for last year's Man of Steel award, the top individual honour in the domestic game, and became an established England international.

But the increased riches of rugby union have meant that he has increasingly been linked with a code switch.

Former Wigan club-mate Chris Ashton has become an established England rugby union international and Tomkins himself played - and scored a try - for the Barbarians against Australia at Twickenham in November.

The Warriors start their against Huddersfield Giants at the DW Stadium on Sunday, new coach Shaun Wane's first competitive game in charge.

Wane, assistant coach to Australian Michael Maguire for the last two seasons, brought Tomkins through the junior ranks at Wigan.

"I think Shaun will have a great impact on the competition," said Tomkins.

"In my opinion there aren't enough British coaches about in the game at the moment, and that's no disrespect to overseas coaches.

"They do a great job, but more needs to be done to promote home coaches.

"Shaun is Wigan through and through and played for the club for a number of years, so he already has the fans on his side. With him working under Michael Maguire, for a couple of years, that should help a lot.

"The players who are already at the club know him well as he worked closely with Michael. It was a real joint effort and even the new lads know his face from being at the club."