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Arona extends stay at Wildcats

Tinirau Arona has signed a one-year contract extension with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, with the option of a further year.

Tinirau Arona has signed a one-year extension with the Wildcats Credit: Press Association

The 26-year-old forward joined from NRL side Cronulla sharks and has featured in 12 games for the Wildcats this season, bagging two tries in the Challenge Cup clash against Sheffield Eagles.

I am very happy, it is good to know that I am secure here for another year and hopefully for a second year too. It was the right decision for me and my family and we are really happy here at the moment, I am now just looking forward to the rest of the season and the next.

I’m enjoying my time playing under Chris Chester, he has brought a lot of structure and confidence to the team and I think this is what we needed. Earlier on in the season when we were not doing so well I knew there was only a matter of time before we started to bring some wins together and a lot of credit goes to Chezzy for doing this.

– Tinirau Arona, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats


Bradford Bulls appoint Rohan Smith as new head coach

Rohan Smith

Bradford Bulls have appointed Rohan Smith as their new head coach.

Smith joins the Bulls on a three-year deal after being allowed to leave his assistant coach position at Australian side Gold Coast Titans.

He's the son of ex-Bulls head coach Brian Smith, who left his job in charge of Wakefield earlier this season. Rohan Smith replaces James Lowes, who left the club for personal reasons.

I cannot wait to get over to England and I am really looking forward to the next chapter of my career working for the Bulls. I’ve had a long affinity with the Bulls since 1996 at the beginning of the Super League with my dad and it was great to be a part of it watching on from the stands.

I was fortunate enough to start coaching at a young age and my path has been a bit different to the path which most coaches take. I’ve been the apprentice at a series of NRL clubs, plus the time I spent in the UK with London Broncos and during that time, the Provident Stadium, Odsal was always an intimidating place to visit but also exciting at the same time.

This position I feel is something I have worked hard for and I’m ready to take it on.

– Rohan Smith

Lee Radford signs new deal at Hull FC

Hull FC head coach Lee Radford has signed a contract extension keeping him with the Black and Whites until the end of the 2019 season.

Lee Radford extends his stay at Hull FC to end of 2019 Credit: Press Association

The 37-year-old was in the final year of his original deal, after taking charge of the club in 2014.

This comes as the Airlie Birds announce three of their homegrown forwards Josh Bowden, Chris Green and Dean Hadley will also be staying at the KCOM Stadium until the end of the 2019 season.

The timing of the announcement alongside the players who have signed up obviously shows the stability and the foundation of the club.

It was an unbelievably easy decision for me. The support he [Adam Pearson] has shown since day one has made my job so much easier.

– Lee Radford, Hull FC head coach
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