Tomkins quiet on future plans
Wigan and England full-back Sam Tomkins insists he is not thinking about his future beyond the end of this year.
The 24-year-old is widely expected to join New Zealand Warriors after the World Cup in November and has also been tipped to join older brother Joel in rugby union.
His presence at Joel's current club Saracens for his unveiling as the brand ambassador for Hy-Pro International, the sole UK distributor for world-wide mouthguard manufacturer Shock Doctor, did nothing to end the speculation.
Atul Shah, Hy-Pro chief executive, said: "Sam is a fantastic fit for our range as he is the face of rugby league and with the Rugby League World Cup this year we feel the timing is right.
"He is also considered hot property by rugby union clubs so this, coupled with recent investment by Nigel Wray, the chairman of Saracens RFC, further substantiates our position within this dynamic and competitive market."
"It's great to be part of such a big brand," said Super League's reigning Man of Steel, who maintained his flat refusal to discuss his future.
"I'm concentrating on playing for Wigan. We've a tough game against Leeds this week and we've the play-offs coming up.
"Then there's the World Cup in November so I've a lot to think about and I'm not looking beyond this year."
Tomkins was happy to talk about the prospects of Wigan completing a rare trophy double and the excitement building ahead of the World Cup.
He has played in just one of his club's last eight Super League matches going back to June, further fuelling rumours of a move, but defied injury to help the Warriors lift the Challenge Cup 10 days ago, scoring the final try of the 16-0 win over Hull at Wembley.
"It's not often a Challenge Cup final comes around," he said. "You don't know when the next one will be so, if you get a chance to play, you put your hand up. We got the win in the end."
Tomkins was rested, along with 11 of his team-mates, for last Friday's league game against Hull but he will be back in action against reigning champions Leeds at the DW Stadium on Thursday for a last match of the regular season that will decide third place in the table and a trip to Huddersfield or Warrington in the first round of the play-offs.
"I was fit last week," he said. "We had a tough game at Wembley. We had a couple recovering from knocks and we're getting ready for play-offs.
"A lot of young lads deserved a chance and the way they played against Hull shows the future is looking bright for Wigan.
"I'm 100 per cent fit now. I've had a couple of knocks this season which have kept me out and that's not normal for me. I only normally miss a handful of games."
Hugely influential for his club, Tomkins could also hold the key to England's hopes of winning the World Cup, which starts on October 26.
He admits the tournament is already a big part of his focus and he was delighted with today's news from Australia that Melbourne stand-off Gareth Widdop is set to make his comeback from a dislocated hip this weekend.
"I spoke to him the other day and I knew he had been doing some running," Tomkins said.
"It's great to hear he's having a game for his club's feeder team at the weekend.
"I don't think anyone predicted that when he dislocated his hip in round 15 or whenever it was.
"We had an England meeting the other day, when we spoke of the preparations including the trip to South Africa.
"There are a lot of exciting things going on and it's hard to keep it to the back of your mind."