Main content

Tomkins a gamble: Fittler

Brought to you by

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 8:41 AM
Source: SportsFan
Author: Ben Hocking

Rugby league great Brad Fittler says the New Zealand Warriors are taking a massive risk forking out a reported $750,000 a season on English fullback Sam Tomkins for the next three years.

Fittler told SportsFan's Clubhouse that the Warriors' style of play may suit Tomkins, but that he was unproven in big games and may not have the size to perform in the NRL.

"I have seen him (Tomkins) in some internationals and he has had no impact," Fittler said. "He looks light.

"I have seen some highlights of him and he looks very agile and swift through the middle and he is a great supporter, so you can see why the Warriors chased him.

"He will really complement their forward pack, because they have good off-loaders, they play off the cuff a little bit, which really suits English players."

Fittler said the signing of Tomkins would inevitably mean the Warriors current fullback Kevin Locke would seek greener pastures, but suggested they would probably retain the service of Glen Fisiiahi.

"Locke has only ever played fullback, so there is a good chance he will look for another club and that will come out in the near future," Fittler said.

"Fisiiahi can play on the wing or in the centres as well as fullback, so he is quite versatile."


News & Views

Evening Sports Wrap

Get your evening Sports news hit.

Hawthorn says Lake should be fit for Cats

Hawthorn expect key defender Brian Lake will be ready for his...

Thaiday to face judiciary

Sam Thaiday will appear before the NRL judiciary to challenge...

Foley admits axing was tough to swallow

Wallabies flyhalf Bernard Foley admits his surprise Bledisloe...

Beale Dropped For Foley

Ewen McKenzie's experiment with Kurtley Beale is over for now...

Bombers Have Exceeded Expectations

We asked former Swan Brad Seymour to name three teams that have...

Midday Sports Wrap

Get your midday Sports news hit.

Giant Mascot Eats Player!

A giant fish mascot eats a baseball player, then spits him back...

Button Takes Ronaldo For A Spin

Jenson Button takes Cristiano Ronaldo for a high speed spin....

Blues Lacked Intensity All Year

The Blues were a massive disappointment all season, and according...


Clubhouse Blogs