Hopkins makes return to Centurions permanent

Sam Hopkins of Leigh Centurions. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
Sam Hopkins of Leigh Centurions. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
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Sam Hopkins is a fully fledged Centurion again after making the switch from Wigan Warriors.

The 25-year-old Tyldesley based forward graduated through the ranks of Leigh East and made his first-team debut for the Centurions in 2011. He made rapid strides and at the end of the 2013 season followed the lead of former team-mate Chris Hill in moving up to Super League.

Hopkins, though, was soon back at Leigh on loan, making 20 games and impressing in the Centurions’ dominant pack during their double-winning season of 2014. This year he has been on a season long loan at the LSV and completed his hundredth first-team appearance against London Broncos at The Hive.

Hopkins, who featured in Leigh’s Northern Rail Cup-winning team of 2013, has agreed a two-year contract that will keep at the club at least until the end of the 2017 season.

Head coach Paul Rowley said: “It’s great to have Sam as part of our squad for next year as we continue to work hard to progress our playing squad. I have a particular focus on athletic middles at the minute as I envisage a reduction in allowed interchanges within the sport and therefore Sam and players of his physical ability become very valuable assets moving forward.”

Leigh Centurions head of rugby Derek Beaumont said: “Sam is a great lad and is Leigh through and through. He has a good attitude and is always looking to get the best from himself.

“His time at Wigan didn’t work out and he has continued to progress at Leigh under Rolls and I am delighted to have him back within our family as an outright Leigh player where hopefully he will realise his goal of playing Super League but with his home town club.”