Star recruit Sam Tomkins shows off the Warriors' Auckland Nines jersey. Credit: Warriors Copyright: Warriors
One of the most high-profile signings of the 2014 NRL season, Warriors recruit and England Test star Sam Tomkins, says the offload-heavy playing style of his new club will suit the way he plays.
Tomkins told NRL.com he watched every game of the Warriors' 2013 campaign and was looking forward to playing amongst the club's band of ready offloaders.
"They've got a good forceful pack and a lot of lads who can offload which will suit my game," Tomkins said.
"Lads like Feleti Mateo, people like that who can get a late offload away."
Tomkins said he hasn't spoken much with Warriors coach Matt Elliott as to his role in the side – which will include two Test fullbacks in Tomkins and Kiwi custodian Kevin Locke – but said he is happy to "play anywhere".
"I've played for Wigan and in international matches at standoff [five-eighth]," he said.
"The rule of standoff [and fullback] in the modern game, they're not too far apart. Lots of standoffs play No.1 as well so it's not too big of a deal. I'd play anywhere."
Tomkins had a close look at several of his 2014 clubmates during the recent World Cup, where the Kiwis ended England's run with a heartbreaking late try to Warriors and New Zealand halfback Shaun Johnson in a thrilling semi-final.
"I'm looking forward to playing with Shaun Johnson; I've still got a bone to pick with him about the semi-final of the World Cup but after that I'll be his mate," he said. "I'm looking forward to playing with him, he's a real talent.
"And Manu Vatuvei, I think he's another one, it'll be nice sending him the ball and seeing him score."
A number of Warriors players came up in England team meetings throughout the recent World Cup.
"We preview every player that we're going to play against and some of the Warriors boys cropped up as being real dangers. And understandably so, there are some great talents. It'll be good being on their side rather than against them," he said.
Both the decision to leave the Super League – where he was a premiership winner in 2010 and 2013 and Man of Steel winner in 2012 – and the decision to join the Warriors were relatively straightforward ones, Tomkins said.
"The NRL is a top competition with some of the best players in the world. I wanted to come over here and test myself against some of these people," he said.
"I spoke to some clubs and narrowed it down to a few but when [Warriors representatives] came over to England and spoke to me about what they were about – I didn't have a preference [before that] as to where I wanted to be. From there I made the choice that Warriors would be the one I wanted to play for."