Catalans season thus far has been poor with just two wins from their opening nine games to leave them bottom of the Super League table but, in their Easter Monday win over Huddersfield Giants, there were clear green shoots of hope.
Their disappointing start to the year hasn’t, however, dampened their ambition and today has seen the rumours linking them with a move for Wigan Warriors’ full back Sam Tomkins reemerge. The French outfit are keen to add a major signing for next season and, despite recently signing Papua New Guinea’s David Mead and Tony Gigot becoming available once more, they seem to have identified the 29 year old as a prime target. Despite signing a four year deal when re-joining Wigan in 2016 following his NRL stint, it is believed that the fourth year is an option in the Warriors’ favour, leaving open the slight possibility that the former New Zealand Warriors player could leave the DW Stadium on a free transfer.
The chances of this move coming off may well become clearer once more is known about the future of Zak Hardaker. Following his release by Castleford following a ban for a failed drugs test, strong suggestions have indicated that a move to join the 2016 Super League champions may be in the offing. Couple that with the fact that Morgan Escare is getting a lot of game time at the moment and the indications may well be that Wigan are preparing already for life without Tomkins.
If he was to join the Perpignan club, former England coach Steve McNamara would be able to team Tomkins with his former Wigan team-mate Michael McIlorum as he aims to change the culture of the club following poor performances over recent years.