Moving halfway across the world with a partner and a young family cannot exactly be the easiest thing to do, regardless if you are a sportsman or not.
For a number of those in the southern hemisphere, a move from the NRL or second tiers to the Super League and the Championship is a way of making a new life or trying something different.
For new St Helens signing Will Hopoate, it also meant leaving behind a business to his name: ‘Will to Succeed’.
The business, as taken from its Instagram page, states that the team are: “Self development teachers sharing universal principles through an in depth look into Will Hopoate’s successful journey into the NRL.”
But, with the former Canterbury Bulldogs star, his move to the UK has meant that the business has gone ‘international’ with the company giving an important update: “We’ve expanded to now offering staff trainings in workplaces covering a range of topics, from building the right culture in the workplace to leadership trainings, resolving conflict and much more. Will to succeed will begin to also operate online.”
It’s difficult to go through such upheaval, but a large number of players do it; some settle in seamlessly like Castleford Tigers’ former stalwart Grant Millington whilst others don’t spend long in the UK such as ex-Hull KR forward Willie Mason.
Saints fans will be hoping that Hopoate is able to impress just as Kevin Naiqama did, who bowed out with three Grand Final wins and one Challenge Cup success.
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