Sam Tomkins talked to Boots ‘n’ All about the possibility of Shaun Wane joining him at the New Zealand Warriors.
Tomkins left Wigan and the Super League at the end of last season to play in the NRL, yet despite high pre-season expectations, his Warriors have not got off to the best of starts and their head coach Matthew Elliott resigned following a 37-6 loss to Cronulla.
Tomkins was sad to see Elliot go but says that assistant coach Andrew McFadden, who has been appointed acting head coach to the end of the season, is a doing a great job
“It was a shame for Matt, he is a great bloke but the people who run the club decided it would be best for the team,” said Tomkins on Boots ‘n’ All.
“Andrew is really good - I rate him really highly. He had a massive input into the team when he was the assistant and we all the boys know him and respect him. It has been a seamless transition – or as seamless as it can be. Over here it was massive news in the papers and it was on the news every night.
“But as a playing group we got together as soon as we found out that matt was gone. We said that we needed to put in a good performance that week to show that is was not bothering us – we went on to play pretty well despite losing by one point to the Bulldogs. It was a gutting way to lose but it was our best performances so far.”
Warriors to Warriors?
The rumour mill went into overdrive following Elliot’s departure with Tomkins’ former coach Shaun Wane being lined up to swop the Super league Warriors for the NRL Warriors.
“As soon as Matt got fired I got about 100 texts on my phone asking if Shaun Wane was coming,” laughed Tomkins.
“I can honestly, hand on heart, say that I have heard nothing about that. I don’t think there is any truth in it – I know Shaun has got ambitions to coach in the NRL and I am 100% positive that he would make a big difference to any side.
"If it was to happen at some point then so be it, but I think here at the Warriors Andrew McFadden is going to go on and do very well this year, and if so then I think he will keep the job.”