Wigan secure Tomkins, but lose brother
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Tuesday 08 November 2011
On a complicated day for Wigan, they kept one Tomkins brother, lost the other but went into partnership with the rugby union club that took him. Sam Tomkins signed an improved five-year contact that will make him one of the best-paid players in the club's history – with a clause that he will not talk to rugby union or NRL clubs for the next three years. "I want to play for Wigan and nobody else," he said.
However, his elder brother Joel's move to Saracens was confirmed yesterday.
"Joel wants to move to the South of England and take his chance in rugby union," said the Wigan chairman, Ian Lenagan. "Wigan would not stand in the way of a player with such clear ideas."
Saracens are thought to have paid £250,000 to buy out the remainder of his contract.
Saracens also announced a partnership with Wigan that will involve loans in both directions and a cross-code match.
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