Wi­gan make early move to bring in Aussie for next sea­son

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By TOM BRAMWELL @MENS­ports

WI­GAN War­riors have be­gun their re­cruit­ment for the 2018 Bet­fred Su­per League sea­son with the sign­ing of the high­lyrated young Aus­tralian for­ward Gabriel Ham­lin from South Syd­ney Rab­bitohs.

The 20-year-old, com­fort­able at prop or loose for­ward, has signed a two-year deal at the DW Sta­dium and will ar­rive in time for pre-sea­son train­ing next month.

Wi­gan direc­tor Kris Radlin­ski re­vealed Ham­lin was highly rec­om­mended by two for­mer War­riors dur­ing a trip down un­der.

“My re­cent visit to Aus­tralia was pri­mar­ily about our 2018 trip to Wol­lon­gong and Syd­ney,” ex­plained the club’s for­mer full­back.

“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.”

War­riors head coach Shaun Wane added: “We are al­ways on the look­out for tal­ented play­ers that have a good at­ti­tude and a real de­ter­mi­na­tion to im­prove.

“De­vel­op­ing play­ers is a part of coach­ing that I re­ally en­joy and at Wi­gan we have a great record of bringing in play­ers and tak­ing them onto the next level.”

Wi­gan boss Shaun Wane

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