Tommy’s gunning for magic milestone

Tommy Makinson races away for another try
Tommy Makinson races away for another try

Tommy Makinson looks set to reach a magical milestone during Super League XXI - and judging by his previous try scoring exploits it won't be too far away.

The winger - renowned for his spectacular and breath-taking touch downs - has crossed the whitewash 88 times since making his first team debut against Salford in February 2011 and added 100 goals for good measure.

Tommy Makinson

Tommy Makinson

In his debut season he scored 11 tries, 14 in 2012, 13 in 2013, 29 in 2014 and 20 last season despite being sidelined with a broke leg for nearly three months.

He also missed most of pre-season training after undergoing surgery but insisted: “Compared to other players I have been lucky enough not to have too many serious injuries.

“Now I am hoping to hit a bit of form and having had a few games under my belt, I feel on top of the world.”

No doubt he will want to catch the eye of new national coach Wayne Bennett - even though the nearest he has been to full international recognition is a call up to the England Knights squad in 2013.

The 24-year-old former Wigan St Jude's youngster said: “I must admit I thought about playing for my country when I scored 29 tries in one season but my total focus is on playing well for Saints and anything else will be a bonus.”

One bonus, however, has already arrived at Langtree Park as far as Makinson is concerned - and that's Dominique Peyroux, from the New Zealand Warriors.

“I've been blessed over the years to have some really good centres alongside me, like Michael Shenton, Jordan Turner and Mark Percival, but we have now got another in Dom.

“I had never heard of him when he signed, apart from being told he played in the NRL and was a good 'un.

“He has already proved that, adding a great deal to our team. He is powerful, a good defender ad possesses an abundance of skill.”