New Warriors fullback Sam Tompkins says he’s feeling excitement more than anything as he prepares for his NRL debut.
High-profile Warriors signing Sam Tomkins is bracing for a lift in intensity when he makes his much-anticipated NRL debut against Parramatta on Sunday.
The England and former Wigan fullback featured for his new club in the Auckland Nines and in the 48-4 trial win over Brisbane.
But Tomkins says it’s difficult to pick up too much from either, especially the Nines, in terms of what to expect at Parramatta Stadium.
For the prolific try-scoring fullback, it’s a given that the intensity will go up a few notches.
“I’m looking forward to it and it will be a good test,” he said on Thursday.
“It was good to have a hit-out against the Broncos, but it was a friendly and you can’t take a lot from those.”
Tomkins has been developing his combination with the new halves pairing of Shaun Johnson and Chad Townsend and said the process was going well.
“It’s not as straightforward as you play with a No.7 or a No.6,” he said.
“Each player plays differently but I’m getting used to how Chad and Shaun play, so I think I’m finding my feet pretty well.”
Tomkins, 24, arrived in Auckland with an impressive haul of 144 tries in 151 appearances in six seasons with Wigan.
He said he decided a while ago that he wanted to move to the NRL and, now that his debut was at hand, he was feeling excited more than anything.
“I’m sure I’ll be nervous on Sunday morning,” he said.
“For now, it’s just excitement. We’ve got a good opportunity to start the season well.
“We’re coming up against a good Parramatta team who have got a lot of new faces, so I’m sure they’ll be out to prove a point.”
Wearing the No.1 jersey for the Eels will be co-captain Jarryd Hayne, and Tomkins was relishing the match-up with the Kangaroos and NSW Origin representative.
“He’s very talented and a quick bloke,” he said.
“That’s why I came over – to play against some the best players like Jarryd.”