Tomkins going nowhere
27th February 2013
England star Sam Tomkins has welcomed Dr Marwan Koukash’s bold plans to transform the fortunes of Salford City Reds but insists he will not be part of them.
Koukash, who told Wigan Warriors to name their price for 23-year-old Tomkins, is thought to be willing to smash the world transfer record of £440,000 the Warriors paid Bradford Bulls for prop forward Stuart Fielden in 2006.
The millionaire racehorse owner wants a high-profile signing to launch his efforts to bring back the good times to Salford and turned to Tomkins after failing in bold bids for Warrington Wolves’ Salford-born captain Adrian Morley and Castleford Tigers’ 2011 Man of Steel Rangi Chase.
But Tomkins is contracted at the DW Stadium until 2016 and, having been linked with moves to rugby union and Australia’s NRL, is not allowed to speak to other clubs until next year.
“When it got mentioned, I was as surprised as anyone,” Tomkins told the Wigan Observer.
“The new owner has come in at Salford and wants to make big changes and wants to bring players in. I think he’s shown his intent.
“His ambition is great - and it’s what the sport needs.
“I’m happy where I am. I’m enjoying it and looking forward to a successful 2013 with Wigan - I’m not thinking about playing for anyone else.”
It is not thought Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan offered a response to Dr Koukash’s audacious offer.
He said: “I’m delighted that Marwan seems to be supporting Salford so well and that is a good thing as far as rugby league is concerned.”