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Season Preview: Wakefield Trinity

Wakefield are certainly not over-achievers in Super League. A top eight since Chris Chester took the reigns in 2016 and this year they would want to improve once more and push for a play-off spot.

Last season they managed to finish fifth in the table after the Super 8s. They spent well under the salary cap last season and have certainly spend some money on players during the off-season.

Not too many players have come in but the four that have arrived can improve the Trinity side, which was a side that featured three players in the Dream Team at the end of last season.

Matty Ashurst, Bill Tupou, and Tom Johnstone were those three players and they have all stayed at Belle Vue.

They were the influential trio who lead a pack of players who’s careers have transformed at Wakefield.

Jacob Miller has become a stalwart at Wakefield and David Fifita is one of the most feared ball-carrying props in Super League.

Throw in Reece Lyne, Ben Jones-Bishop and Pauli Pauli then Wakefield Trinity side becomes an even bigger threat to the top four.

As mentioned before, the recruitment for 2019 has been big in stature but not a huge amount of players came in.

Danny Brough is no doubt the biggest name, could his return Trinity, after nine years away, unlock the potential of a side that needs just a little push to go to the next level.

Craig Kopzcak has finally joined from Salford, after many years of rumoured interest.

George King and Ben Reynolds also come in to make the current starting thirteen sweat about their position.

Squad:

Ryan Hampshire, Tom Johnstone, Bill Tupou, Reece Lyne, Ben Jones-Bishop, Jacob Miller, Danny Brough, David Fifita, Kyle Wood, Anthony England, Matty Ashurst, Danny Kirmond, Tyler Randell, Justin Horo, Craig Kopczak, Tinirau Arona, Craig Huby, Joe Arundel, James Batchelor, Keegan Hirst, Max Jowitt, George King, Chris Annakin, Pauli Pauli, Ben Reynolds, Jordan Crowther, Luke Hooley, Jordan Baldwinson, Lee Kershaw, Lewis Wray, Titus Gwaze, Jack Croft, Yusuf Aydin.

INS:

George King (Warrington Wolves), Craig Kopczak (Salford Red Devils), Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions), Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants).

OUTS:

Liam Finn (Newcastle Thunder), Scott Grix (Huddersfield Giants), Lee Kershaw (Oldham -loan).

PREDICTED LEAGUE FINISH – 5th

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