Warriors win race to recruit Hopkins

Sam Hopkins in action for Leigh

Sam Hopkins in action for Leigh

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WIGAN have won the race to sign highly rated Leigh forward Sam Hopkins, the Evening Post understands.

The Warriors’ interest in the forward emerged last week.

Centurions confirmed two other Super League clubs were chasing him, but it is thought that Hopkins has opted for Shaun Wane’s Warriors.

A deal could be completed this week.

Hopkins can play prop, second row or loose forward and Wigan’s coaches believe he has the potential to step up and make his mark on Super League.

The 23-year-old scored a try for Centurions yesterday and could continue to play for them on a dual-registration agreement, while he adjusts to the full-time training at Wigan.

His recruitment will help cover for the loss of Chris Tuson to Wakefield at the end of this year.

Meanwhile, the agent for Mickey Paea has confirmed the prop will leave Hull KR at the end of the season.

Wigan have shown interest in him and Hull FC and Salford are keen, but he is thought to be angling for a return to the NRL.

Warriors’ Under-19s beat Hull KR 50-22 on Saturday.