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Tomkins a gamble: Fittler

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."

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