Warriors recruit Aussie prop

Wigan have made their first signing for 2018.

Wednesday, 11th October 2017, 11:57 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 1:10 pm
Gabriel Hamlin

Prop Gabriel Hamlin has penned a two-year deal with the Warriors.

Wigantoday reported earlier today he was on their radar.

And Wigan formally confirmed his capture today.

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Hamlin, 20, has not played in the NRL but is highly-rated.

And club rugby director Kris Radlinski said ex-coach Michael Maguire, who coached him at Souths last season, gave him a glowing endorsement.

Radlinski said: “My recent visit to Australia was primarily about our 2018 trip to Wollongong and Sydney however along the way I met with a few familiar faces including Michael Maguire and Pat Richards.

“Having worked with us as a club and more recently with Gabriel, both Michael and Pat mentioned that he was available and that he would be the perfect fit for Wigan.

“Michael’s words were, ‘He is someone who is made for our environment’.

“A wise head on young shoulders, we believe that Gabriel has the potential to blossom here at Wigan.”

Coach Shaun Wane, who enjoys developing ‘project’ signings, was seeking a prop to add some competition and strength to his middle unit.

“When people like Michael Maguire and Pat Richards are both recommending a player to you then you take that recommendation very seriously,” said Wane. “We all believe that Gabriel is a talented forward who can really fulfil his potential here at Wigan. We can’t wait to have him join us.”

Hamlin expects to arrive next month to start pre-season training.

And he revealed: “Although I’ve never been to the UK before I’ve heard great things about it. I’m very proud of my English heritage, my Mum was actually born in Blackpool.

“I’m really excited about joining Wigan and I’m flattered that they think me worthy of this opportunity

“I have studied up on Wigan’s great history and I am thrilled to get the opportunity to represent the club next season.

“I watch Super League regularly and I am prepared for the challenge that awaits. It’s very exciting and I intend on making the most of this chance.”

If Hamlin cracks into the first-team early, he could face his former club Souths in February when Wigan travel Down Under.