Sam Tomkins keen to go out with a Grand Final bang for beloved Wigan | Aaron Bower

As the full-back prepares to face Warrington in his last game, he reminisces about how hard he found it as a youngster to satisfy Shaun Wane, who is also bowing out of Wigan

From the moment Sam Tomkins burst on to the rugby league landscape in 2008, there was always a sense of something special about him. The manner in which he made his debut for Wigan, becoming the first ever player to score five tries on his senior bow, instantly saw him regarded as one of the most gifted players of his generation.

His career since backs that up. From the code-hopping excursion with the Barbarians in 2011 to the numerous major trophies won with the Warriors, at 29 he remains one of the most recognisable figures in the British game as he prepares for the Grand Final on Saturday.

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