Sam Tomkins has come clean about the real reason why he left the New Zealand Warriors. The English fullback had previously cited homesickness as his reason for leaving the Warriors with a year left on his contract, but he told the Daily Mail the wish to raise his first child in familiar surroundings was the key to his departure.
When I bought into the Warriors in 2001 things were pretty dire, not only on the field but also the running of the club. Buying the club wasn't an ego trip or for a financial return, the investment was because of the importance it held to New Zealand and more importantly, to the fans. There was also huge potential for the Warriors to be something all New Zealanders would be proud of.