Sam Tomkins will be allowed to leave New Zealand Warriors at the end of the season as the England full-back is suffering from homesickness.
The 26 year-old joined the NRL side in 2013 for a world record fee of £700,000 but will be released by the Auckland-based outfit one year before his contract was set to expire.
Tomkins’ former Super League club, Wigan Warriors, have first option to sign England’s leading try scorer.
“I miss home in ways I never thought I would,” Tomkins told the BBC, “I never imagined it would reach this point.
“This is a great club and I can’t say enough about the coaching staff. I love being with the lads and it’s a brilliant country to live in.”
The New Zealand Warriors managing director Jim Doyle told The Guardian: “He came here excited about testing himself in the NRL and also experiencing living in a new country but, in the end, Sam has found it too much of a challenge being away from home.”
Wigan are the favourites to re-sign Tomkins and confirmed their interest in bringing him back to the DW Stadium, although Tomkins himself suggested that a return to his former club wasn’t his only option; “That’s where my brother’s playing and that’s where I’m from, but I’m open to other places. I’m just trying to work out what will be the best option for me.
“Wigan would be nice but I know it’s not the only team I can go to.”
“I’m definitely going to be in Super League, I can say that. I can’t say exactly where because I’ve not put pen to paper,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.
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