A third Hopoate has quit the Manly Sea Eagles for the Parramatta Eels.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal that rising star Jamil Hopoate, who some suggest has more potential than older brother Will, has signed with the Eels.
Details of the deal are to be confirmed but Jamil is to move to the Eels with Will and their father John, who will have a coaching role.
Sources claim the Hopoate family will shift across town for a combined figure of about $800,000 a season.
Manly offered Will close to $500,000 a year but he still walked away from Brookvale.
He has agreed to play with Parramatta for two years from 2014, after his two-year Mormon mission.
John is set to collect $200,000 as part of Parramatta’s coaching staff.
Jamil, a utility forward in the Jamie Buhrer mould, is just 17 and played his junior representative footy with Manly.
He also played junior rep rugby union but wants a future in league at Parramatta from next season.
The exodus ends a 20-year association between Manly and the Hopoate family.
“Jamil is going to play with his brother,” Manly coach Des Hasler said.
“I understand that. Jamil is a fine young player.”