Lee Mossop
English duo to sign with Eels

The Wigan Warriors have called what they say is “an important press conference” for Tuesday at the DW Stadium where chairman Ian Lenagan is expected to confirm the signing of 31-year-old Powell, as well as the departure of England forwards Gareth Hock and Lee Mossop.

The Parramatta Eels have been on the trail of Hock for 12 months and agreed personal terms with the 29-year-old last summer only to see the proposed transfer collapse at the last minute.

They maintained their interest in the hard-running second rower and followed it up with a move for 24-year-old prop forward Mossop, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame over the last two years and is firmly part of England coach Steve McNamara’s World Cup plans.

According to reports in Australia, Eels recruitment manager Peter Nolan flew to England earlier this month to watch Mossop make his comeback from a dislocated shoulder in Wigan’s 36-6 win at Wigan and negotiate a transfer fee with Lenagan for both men.

Mossop has 18 months left on his contract but is known to be keen to try his hand in the NRL, where his England team-mates Sam Burgess and James Graham have enjoyed instant success.

Hock fell into dispute with his home-town club following the collapse of his move to Parramatta and joined the Widnes Vikings on a season-long loan, with Wigan retaining his registration.

It is not thought Wigan will stand in the way of either player realising their dream move and clearly hope the capture of Powell will appease their fans.

It is almost certain that Mossop and Hock will see out the current Super League season and be around for the World Cup before moving Down Under but Powell could link up with Wigan immediately.

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