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Wakefield confirm James Webster's departure

Wakefield Trinity have confirmed the departure of head coach James Webster with immediate effect.

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It is with a heavy heart that I have today agreed the release of James Webster from his position of Head Coach. James rescued us last season from the threat of relegation and for that I am truly thankful. I wish James and his family every success and happiness in the future, and thank him for all his hard work in his 4 years here. We will now be conducting the search for a new Head Coach. In the interim, Stuart Dickens will take charge of first team affairs, until we can make an appointment.

– Michael Carter, Chairman

I felt now was the right time to allow someone else the opportunity to take the team forward. In taking this decision my hope is it will allow the club to fulfil its goal and remain in super league. I would like to thank both Michael and Chris for the opportunity and wish everyone at the wildcats the best for the future.

– James Webster

The Wildcats are currently seven points adrift at the bottom of the league.

Reports: Wakefield set to part company with James Webster

Wakefield Wildcats are set to sack head coach James Webster, ITV News understands.

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The Super League club suffered a shock Challenge Cup defeat to Leigh on Sunday.

Wildcats have lost 12 of their last 13 matches in all competitions and are seven points adrift at the bottom of the league.

Confirmation of Webster's departure is expected later today.

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Kavanagh joins Wakefield on loan

Super League strugglers Wakefield Wildcats have signed Widnes forward Ben Kavanagh on loan for the rest of the season.

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The 27-year-old Scotland international is under contract with the Vikings until 2016 and has appeared in six of their 10 Super League matches so far this year but was not guaranteed a regular spot in coach Denis Betts' team.

"Ben is just on the edge of our first-team squad so the opportunity to play with the Wakefield team for the remainder of this season will give him the chance to get some regular first-team action," Betts said.

Wakefield, bottom of the table after losing their last eight matches, have been badly hit by injuries and have lost the services of George Griffin (Salford) and Jordan Hand (St Helens) following the expiry of their month-long loan deals.

Wildcats coach James Webster said: "I was lucky enough to have played with Ben at Widnes when he was just starting out his career. He will add some size and speed to an area we have been short in over the past six weeks."

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Wildcats loan move for Griffin

George Griffin will have to wait to play alongside his older brothers in Super League after rejoining Wakefield on a month's loan.

George Griffin has joined Wakefield Wildcats on loan Credit: Press Association

The 22-year-old back-row forward, who came through the junior ranks at the Wildcats before moving to Hull KR and London Broncos, joined brothers Darrell and Josh at Salford at the start of the season but has yet to break into Iestyn Harris' team.

Wakefield coach James Webster has snapped up the forward after losing Matty Ashurst, Ian Kirke, Lopini Paea, Scott Anderson and Chris Annakin to injury and is set to give him his senior debut in Sunday's home game against Huddersfield.

George has had plenty of experience in Super League at both London and Hull KR.

He is able to play good minutes which will help us as we are extremely short of props leading into a busy Easter period.

– Wakefield coach James Webster

West Yorkshire sides set to start Super League

The Super League season is set to kick off this afternoon for our region's teams.

Huddersfield are at home to Hull FC, with Leeds travelling to Hull KR.

Meanwhile Castleford start their season with a clash against their fierce local rivals Wakefield.

Both Tigers boss Daryl Powell and Wildcats Head Coach are looking forward to starting the campaign with a derby.

Former Hull man Miller signs for Wildcats

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have signed Australian halfback Jacob Miller on a one-year deal.

Done deal: Former Hull FC player Jacob Miller has joined Wakefield Credit: Press Association

22-year-old Miller was released by Hull FC earlier this monthand has now been snapped up by their Super League rivals for their 2015 campaign.

He made 20 appearances for the Black and Whites and is now hoping to prove himself with the Wildcats.

"Wakefield have given me a great opportunity to rediscover my best form and this is a challenge I'm eager to fulfil," said Miller, who moved to England following his release by Wests Tigers last year.

Head coach James Webster added: "Jacob's signing allows us to have greater depth and competition in the halves.

“He is similar to many players that have signed for Wakefield in that he is a young player with a point to prove and a burning desire to cement a spot in the team."

Hull KR's Poore calls it quits

Hull KR's Justin Poore has confirmed his retirement from rugby league following a knee injury.

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The 29-year-old enjoyed a successful career in both Super League and the NRL which saw him make 209 appearances.

Poore joined Wakefield Wildcats before moving to Hull where he impressed Robins fans during his stay.

The Australian fractured his knee cap on Easter Monday against Catalan Dragons and despite having successful surgery and rehab, Poore has decided to return home.

Poore said: "It's never an easy call to make but I know it's the right decision for me, my family and for the club as well.

"My knee has been responding well to treatment but the feedback from the medical staff is that I run the risk of damaging it further if I was to return.

"The contact might mean I would never be able to walk properly again and that's not a risk I want to take."

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