Hopkins loaned to Leigh from Wigan for 2015

Sam Hopkins will play for Leigh in 2015
Sam Hopkins will play for Leigh in 2015

Sam Hopkins is joining Leigh a one-year full-time loan deal from Wigan Warriors.

Back rower Hopkins, 24, graduated through the ranks of Leigh East before becoming a regular in the Centurions side before moving to Wigan at the end of last season. He has played regularly for the Centurions this season on a loan deal.

Leigh head of rugby Derek Beaumont said: “I am delighted to have secured Sam’s services on a loan deal.

“The 2015 season is an extremely important one for the club and one we don’t want to go into with any degree of uncertainty. Sam has been with us virtually all year and has really found his form in recent games. He was outstanding in last Friday’s victory over Featherstone Rovers and has clearly benefitted from being in a full-time environment at Wigan.

“I’d like to thank Wigan for the help they have given us in securing Sam’s services. It’s clearly a feather in our cap that they see Sam will clearly benefit from playing under our coaching structure and systems.”

Leigh coach Paul Rowley said: “I am delighted to add Sam to our squad as a permanent fixture in 2015. His experience this year with Wigan has accelerated his transition into a professional athlete after capturing him late from the community game.

“Sam is clearly happy and focused at Leigh and is very much a big part of our future. I would like to thank Wigan for their excellent communication and assistance throughout the process.”