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Manly throw lifeline to star rookie Jamil Hopoate

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by madeinplateau, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. madeinplateau

    madeinplateau Member

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    THE Sea Eagles have handed Jamil Hopoate the opportunity to resurrect his promising football career by signing the local junior for this season after he was sacked by Parramatta.

    The son of former Sea Eagle John Hopoate and brother of rising star Will returns home to the northern beaches after the Eels cut him adrift in December when he went AWOL from an NRL rookie camp.

    A month earlier young Hopoate had his driver's licence suspended for six months for mid-range drink-driving.

    He signed a modest one-year deal with the Sea Eagles after a meeting with head coach Geoff Toovey, recruitment manager Dave Warwick and his manager Tyran Smith.

    "Jamil understands he is starting over again and is not coming here as a superstar," Sea Eagles football manager Steve Gigg said.

    "We are giving him a chance to prove himself and we will reassess him in June."

    Hopoate, who turns 19 this year, will play for the club's Toyota Cup under-20 side and trained with his new teammates for the first time on Monday.

    Jamil signed with Parramatta in 2011 along with older brother Will, who is due to link up with the Eels for the 2014 season once he completes his two-year Mormon mission.

    "Jamil was a local junior and we didn't want him to leave in the first place," Gigg said.

    "But Parramatta offered him a reasonable amount of money and maybe the fact that Will was going there and ... he wanted a fresh start were factors.

    "We thought we would give the kid an opportunity, it's a natural fit for us."

    Gigg said the club had not gone overboard in laying down any strict conditions in Hopoate's new deal.

    "In terms of his attitude to training and with us we never had any issue with him," he said.

    At the time Parramatta let him go, Eels CEO Ken Edwards said: "While the club regrets losing such a talented player, the club has made it very clear that we expect high standards of behaviour across all grades.

    "Unfortunately Jamil has failed to respond to ongoing support, tutoring and mentoring from our dedicated coaching staff as well as our welfare and education department."

    After leaving Parramatta Hopoate threw himself into training hoping that he may get another chance - now that chance has arrived.

    http://manly-daily.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/rookie-offered-second-chance/
     
  2. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    By "modest one year deal" I hope they mean the minimum possible. The Hopoate's need to be reeled in abit. Glad to see him back but I hope the club dont take any ****e from him.
     
  3. simon64

    simon64 Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    I'm sure the law was laid down in no uncertain terms. He'll be right. Welcome back from the dark side Jamil.
     
  4. Shoe1

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  5. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Do we get John as a "coach" as well or is he still "coaching" Parra? lol
     
  6. tookey

    tookey Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I doubt that he ever wanted to leave Manly in the first place
     
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  7. madeinplateau

    madeinplateau Member

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    I reckon Parra did us a favour.. now we got him on the cheap
     
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  8. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    I'd prefer the Hopoate name not to be associated with us. They bring trouble, and show disloyalty consistently. I can see us paying the kid, grooming him, for the family to dump us again next season.
     
  9. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I would take Will back in a heartbeat. He is all class on the field.
     
  10. swoop

    swoop Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Do you include our previous coach in that category?
     
  11. Clint

    Clint . Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Chances are this will happen given the nature of the salary cap. But I assume we are paying him pittance, so if he gives good service for a year, then good luck to us I reckon.
     
  12. eagles2win

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    Will other clubs be willing to touch him?

    Remembering the Hopoate name is mud to most other supporters
     
  13. Frogz

    Frogz Don't mess with the goat, he has photos. Premium Member

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    As long as the old man doest come back
     
  14. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Did he play NYC for Parra last season ?? how did he go ?? regular spot ??
     
  15. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    It's win/win. And don't forget - we have a pretty good success rate with recruits from the Eels, there are many who have left them with egg on their faces after they come here and prosper :D

    The other aspect is that it is healthy for a club to be 'community spirited' and stand by their own. In the long run that type of club culture is more inclined to win loyalty in return. I hope the kid turns out as good as they say, back in our fold there's no reason he can't be.
     
  16. Berkeley_Eagle

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    Hopefully he goes well makes a name for himself and in 2016 Wil comes back too
     
  17. Mals

    Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Jamil, welcome back to Manly. The hard work & dedication needed to be a successful professional footballer starts now!
     
  18. the mauler

    the mauler Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Massive wraps on the kid. Only 19 and deserves another chance. As already mentioned, dont think he ever wanted to leave in the first place.

    If anyone can turn him around Manly can. Hel know this is his last chance, if he stuffs it up at Manly no one will touch him. Hopefully that will bring out the best in him.
     
  19. Kevinward777

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    Hopoate signs with Manly

    Jamil Hopoate signed for next year, apparently (The tele are claiming) that John Hopoate is working with the Manly SG Ball team. Matter of time until Will returns I reckon. Another young potential gun backrower for now at least.
     
  20. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    RE: Hopoate signs with Manly

    Let's hope that Wills is affronted with Parra and joins Jamil at Manly in 2014 :p
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    NRL Sea Eagles: Manly throw lifeline to star rookie Jamil Hopoate
    RUGBY LEAGUE
    15 JAN 13 @ 04:02PM BY JON GEDDES

    THE Sea Eagles have handed Jamil Hopoate the opportunity to resurrect his promising football career by signing the local junior for this season after he was sacked by Parramatta.

    The son of former Sea Eagle John Hopoate and brother of rising star Will returns home to the northern beaches after the Eels cut him adrift in December when he went AWOL from an NRL rookie camp.

    A month earlier young Hopoate had his driver's licence suspended for six months for mid-range drink-driving.

    He signed a modest one-year deal with the Sea Eagles after a meeting with head coach Geoff Toovey, recruitment manager Dave Warwick and his manager Tyran Smith.

    "Jamil understands he is starting over again and is not coming here as a superstar," Sea Eagles football manager Steve Gigg said.

    "We are giving him a chance to prove himself and we will reassess him in June."

    Hopoate, who turns 19 this year, will play for the club's Toyota Cup under-20 side and trained with his new teammates for the first time on Monday.

    Jamil signed with Parramatta in 2011 along with older brother Will, who is due to link up with the Eels for the 2014 season once he completes his two-year Mormon mission.

    "Jamil was a local junior and we didn't want him to leave in the first place," Gigg said.

    "But Parramatta offered him a reasonable amount of money and maybe the fact that Will was going there and ... he wanted a fresh start were factors.

    "We thought we would give the kid an opportunity, it's a natural fit for us."

    Gigg said the club had not gone overboard in laying down any strict conditions in Hopoate's new deal.

    "In terms of his attitude to training and with us we never had any issue with him," he said.

    At the time Parramatta let him go, Eels CEO Ken Edwards said: "While the club regrets losing such a talented player, the club has made it very clear that we expect high standards of behaviour across all grades.

    "Unfortunately Jamil has failed to respond to ongoing support, tutoring and mentoring from our dedicated coaching staff as well as our welfare and education department."

    After leaving Parramatta Hopoate threw himself into training hoping that he may get another chance - now that chance has arrived.
     

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