AHEAD of their opening game in Betfred League 1 against Oldham at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday, February 17, Workington Town have signed another big-name forward in Welsh international prop Sam Hopkins.
The 28-year-old former Leigh Centurions and Toronto Wolfpack front-rower joins a Town pack that already includes Oliver Wilkes, Fuifui Moimoi and much-travelled Danny Tickle as well as several local Cumbrian lads who are no lightweights themselves.
Town claim on their website that Hopkins is renowned for his aggression and his toughness and that he will join “an already formidable pack .”
If the big names all play they will also field a hugely-experienced, if ageing, pack of forwards which includes Moimoi at 39; Wilkes at 38; Tickle at 35; and new man Hopkins, who will celebrate his 29th birthday on the day of the game.
Town director Barry White was reported thus on his club’s website:
“We are looking forward to Sam joining a Town pack that should be up with the best in the league.
“It’s a tough league and we want to get out of it.
“We’ll need the size and aggression that Sam and the others give us to compete with other teams that have recruited strongly.
“Our big guys should lay a great platform for our talented squad to play off and we can’t wait to get started at Oldham.”
The feeling is mutual. It should be a humdinger of a game so get down to the Vestacare Stadium in a few days’ time and sample Betfred League 1 at close quarters.