Joel Tomkins signs contract extension until 2021…

24
Nov
Category: On The Pitch

Joel Tomkins signs contract extension until 2021…

Joel Tomkins has signed a three year contract extension at Hull Kingston Rovers until the end of 2021 season.

Tomkins quickly established himself as a senior figure at the Robins last season, having joined from Wigan on a short-term contract in June.

With a wealth of experience from his time at the Warriors, in Rugby Union and having represented England, Head Coach Tim Sheens says securing Tomkins services for the next three years is a key piece of business for the club.

“The idea is to really establish the team longer term and not go year by year in terms of changes to the squad,” Sheens said.

“That is why we have tied down a number of our senior players to long-term deals, of which Joel is certainly one.

“Joel has become a leader within the group and is setting high standards for the boys as a senior figure, he fits perfecty with the culture we are trying to create at the club”.

Speaking to hullkr.co.uk, Tomkins said: “At the end of the season I had a chat with Neil and Tim where they offered me a three year deal and I jumped at the chance. It really gives me an opportunity to really stick my teeth into it and I’m happy to be spending the next three years at Hull KR.

“Joining halfway through the season was quite tough with coming into a new environment where all the boys knew each other, but the boys and the staff were all fantastic with me, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far.

“The fans have been really welcoming as well as the whole city, I have really enjoyed my time here so far and now moving over to the city gives me an opportunity to experience a different culture.”

Tomkins rose through the ranks at his hometown club and made his debut for Wigan back in 2005. An experienced international, he went on to feature for the club 237 times in two different spells, also representing England on several occasions.

The back-rower left the Warriors in 2010 to switch codes, signing for Saracens. Whilst playing for Saracens, he was also capped three times for England. In 2014, Tomkins returned to Wigan where he remained until he left to join the Robins earlier this year.

An exclusive interview with Joel is available to view now on hullkr.co.uk/tv.

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