Hear from the Club’s new signing Will Hopoate who tells us why he turned down NRL offers to sign for the Saints in 2022.
Hopoate’s signing was confirmed earlier today and we caught up with our newest Saint ahead of the move over to England.
✍️ 𝐎𝐮𝐫 𝐧𝐞𝐰𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐! 🇹🇴
We’re delighted to confirm the capture of Tongan International 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐇𝐨𝐩𝐨𝐚𝐭𝐞 from @NRL_Bulldogs on a two year deal from 2022 – with the option for a third.
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— St.Helens R.F.C. (@Saints1890) August 9, 2021
In this EXCLUSIVE chat to Saints TV, Hopoate reveals how he turned down moves to other NRL clubs in favour of Saints, whilst he admits Head Coach Kristian Woolf had a big influence on his decision having been coached by the boss under his Tonga leadership.
He reveals how the move came about, what former Saint and teammate Luke Thompson has told him, why he chose the Saints and what the Saints fans can expect from him.