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Tomkins says he’d be ready to play tomorrow

The Catalans star has rejected the requirement for another pre-season. Sam Tomkins has rejected calls for a pre-season to allow players to prepare for a return to playing following the lockdown. The Catalans play-maker added …

The Catalans star has rejected the requirement for another pre-season.

Sam Tomkins has rejected calls for a pre-season to allow players to prepare for a return to playing following the lockdown.

The Catalans play-maker added that the players and club will do “whatever it takes” to get back out onto the field.

He told talkSPORT2’s Mark Wilson and Phil Caplan: “I’ll be ready to play again straight away. If there’s a game tomorrow I’ll be happy.

“As a player in isolation there are certain things you can do to keep yourself as physically fit as possible.

“It’s not feasible to say that when lockdown’s over let’s all have two months pre-season to get ready again.

“Every player has personal ownership of making sure their body is in the right condition to play, or as close as it can be.

“Everyone’s in the same position and as soon as there’s an opportunity, just let us play.”

Tomkins added that he’d support relocating to the UK to allow Catalans to fulfill fixtures, after the French Government banned sport until September.

He said: “I’d 100% back it. I think it’s something that we have to do and it’s not even up for debate.

“We’re in this competition and we want to win silverware, and regardless of the disruption, we’re involved in a league.

“As a club, we’re definitely going to pull out of the league and Super League are never going to stop us, so we’ll be in it, no matter how long this takes.

“There will be some extra sacrifice for us in terms of spending more time in England than we’d like, but if that’s what it takes to carry on playing then that’s just what we’re going to do.”

Listen to the full interview with Tomkins on the Rugby League Show on talkSPORT2 today at 5.00pm.

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