Sam Tomkins is ready to make his comeback after withstanding all that Wigan coach Shaun Wane could throw at him in training. NBA Jerseys . The 27-year-old England full-back will end a nine-month injury lay-off when he begins his second stint with his home-town club in Fridays Super League top-four clash with Hull at the DW Stadium, live on Sky Sports 3 HD.Tomkins had been plagued by knee trouble since March 2015, early in his second season with New Zealand Warriors, and missed Englands Test series against the Kiwis in the autumn in order to undergo surgery in which he received a prosthetic posterior cruciate ligament. He resumed training with Wigan a month ago and got the nod to make his eagerly-awaited return after being put through a rigorous training session.I had three players flying into him and attacking him from everywhere for 20 minutes, said Wane. It was good. I enjoyed it but he hated it.Forwards Ryan Sutton, Greg Burke and Jack Higginson were given the task of testing Tomkins ability to stand up to the most ferocious of tackles. I dont worry about the first tackle; if you watched our training for the last two weeks, Ive been tackled more then than I have been in the last eight years. Sam Tomkins He loves that physical stuff,said Tomkins. I didnt enjoy it.It was me and Jake Shorrocks, a young lad whos got a similar knee injury, and it was the final tests of our knees, three forwards throwing their bodies into you, two holding you up and one coming in and pinning your knees.We both came through with our knees intact and if we can withstand that, we should be alright for a game.I dont worry about the first tackle; if you watched our training for the last two weeks, Ive been tackled more then than I have been in the last eight years.Tomkins, the 2012 Man of Steel, scored 144 tries in 152 appearances for Wigan from 2008 to the 2013 Grand Final when he joined the Auckland club for a world record transfer fee thought to be around £700,000. Phil Clarke brings you his the best tries from the 2016 Super League season However, he opted out of the final year of his three-year deal, citing homesickness, and Wigan swiftly re-signed him on a four-year deal.Tomkins, who became a father during the winter, is relieved to finally get the chance to make his return.Im glad its finally come to the time to get my boots on and get out there, he said. Ive been thinking about playing for a month.Ive been training with the boys for three or four weeks now. I started out with just a few sessions a week but recently Ive been in full training and I feel good.Its been tough to not put my hand up and ask to play but youve got to respect the timeframe after the operation.The first few months were very tough. When I signed back last year, I didnt think Id be sat on the sidelines for the first 12 games so that was hard for me. Barrie and Terry’s biggest hits from the first 13 rounds of Super League, six rounds of the Challenge Cup and 2016 World Club Series Wane says Tomkins is likely to start on the bench - for the first time since 2009 - and plans for him to play around 50 minutes.Ive not picked my team but hell play some part in it, he said. Im leaning towards him being on the bench but Ill have a chat with him and see how he comes through before deciding on the team on Wednesday.It means everything to have him back - hes one of the best players in the world but Im expecting nothing from him on Friday. Its like a pre-season game for him.He came round to my house for tea last night and I told him I expect nothing. The fans will expect a lot but in reality its his first match for a long time. Hes going to be a great asset long-term but I need to give him time to bed back in.Hes not going be rushed by anyone at this club.Watch Wigan v Hull FC live on Sky Sports 3 HD on Friday from 7.30pm. Catch the match for £6.99 with a NOW TV day pass. Also See: Wigan to face Tigers in cup WATCH: Biggest hits of 2016 WATCH: Top five tries of 2016 Follow @SkySportsRL Bob Cluggish Jersey Signed .Y. -- The New York Islanders were merely content with a lopsided victory. Terrence Jones Jersey Signed . -- Center Max Unger and tight end Zach Miller are both probable for the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday against the New York Giants and Percy Harvins recovery continues to be slow. ROCKFORD, Ill. -- T.J. Brennans power-play goal early in the third period proved to be the winner as the Toronto Marlies edged the Rockford IceHogs 3-2 in AHL action on Monday afternoon. Brennans 17th goal of the season at 4:13 of the third gave Toronto (22-11-4) a 3-2 advantage. Rockfords Joakim Nordstrom rounded out the scoring on the power play at 12:42. Dan Roundfield Jersey Signed. . Gregg McKegg and Abbott Spencer had the other goals for Toronto while Drew MacIntyre stopped 40 shots. Alex Broadhurst also scored for Rockford (18-18-6) while Jason LaBarbera made 19 saves. ' ' '
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