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First Million Pound Match sees Wakefield coach take on former captain

Wakefield's Belle Vue will be the venue for whats been billed as the Million Pound match - the difference in financial terms between playing in the Championship and the Super League - and sees 2 traditional West Yorkshire sides go head to head.

Bradford Bulls are hoping to bounce back to the top flight after a year in the second tier, whereas Wakefield are looking to avoid dropping down a division.

To add to the drama the game pits Bulls head coach James Lowes against the man who signed him from Bradford back in the 1990's Brian Smith - now in charge at Trinity:


Wakefield sack Tim Smith for gross misconduct

Wakefield have sacked Australian scrum-half Tim Smith, chairman Michael Carter has confirmed.

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The 30-year-old former Wigan and Salford player, who had two months left on his contract, has been dismissed for gross misconduct.

The move follows Smith's appearance at Beverley Magistrates Court on Wednesday when he was banned from driving for 28 months and fined £900 after admitting failing to provide a specimen following a car crash in Hull last month. He was also fined £600 for careless driving.

"A letter was last night sent to him and his lawyer saying we were dismissing him for gross misconduct and bringing the club into disrepute," Carter told Smith, who previously played in the NRL for Parramatta and Cronulla, was in his second spell with the Wildcats after rejoining them just over 12 months ago from Salford.

He had been suspended by the club pending an investigation into the car crash but failed to attend a hearing after submitting a sick note citing anxiety.

The latest development comes just 48 hours after Wakefield confirmed the departure of former New Zealand full-back Kevin Locke, who was also involved in the car crash, and 48 hours before one of the biggest games in the club's history, Saturday's £1million sudden-death clash with Bradford.

Smith is thought to be on his way back to Australia and facing an uncertain future in the game.

Simon Grix joins Wildcats on loan

Wakefield Wildcats have confirmed Simon Grix will be joining the club on loan from Warrington Wolves.

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The loose forward will join the club with immediate effect ahead of the Super 8s campaign.

Grix, has yet to play this season as he continues his recovery having suffered a frature to his leg during a game against St Helens at the end of the 2014 campaign.

Rams 'seriously' considering Wildcats' ground share request

Wakefield are considering a ground share with Dewsbury next season, Rams chairman Mark Sawyer has revealed.

The Wildcats announced a month ago that they had issued a six-month notice to ground owners Bank of Ireland to leave Belle Vue Credit: Press Association

The Wildcats announced a month ago that they had issued a six-month notice to ground owners Bank of Ireland to leave Belle Vue, which has been their home for 120 years, because the rent was "unsustainable".

The club had hoped to move to a new 12,000 community stadium as part of a 100-acre business park just off the M62, but those plans have stalled and Wakefield chairman Michael Carter has ruled out sharing Castleford's proposed new ground.

It was thought the Wildcats were considering Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium as an option while Sawyer announced on his club's website that the Championship outfit have entered in to discussions with Wakefield over a possible ground-share at The Tetley's Stadium in 2016.

The Wildcats are considering possible avenues for a playing venue for next season and they have ear-marked The Tetley's Stadium as a serious option. We are looking at this very seriously, in constant and current liaison with Wakefield, and further announcements will be made should there be any developments in the weeks ahead.

– Mark Sawyer, Dewsbury Rams chairman

Carter has maintained that his club would be willing to stay at Belle Vue if the rent can be renegotiated.


Locke could prove key for Wildcats

New Zealand international Kevin Locke could yet play a role in Wakefield's attempt to salvage their Super League status.

New Zealand international Kevin Locke could yet play a role in Wakefield's attempt to salvage their Super League status. Credit: Wakefield Wildcats

The World Cup final full-back sustained a ruptured pectoral muscle during the Wildcats' 58-20 defeat by Castleford on Sunday and was expected to be ruled out for the season but the club say the injury is not as serious as initially feared.

It is substantial but not as frightening as we thought on game day. Kevin has got a pectoral muscle on his chest attached to his arm that has been ruptured quite significantly. He is not going to be a very well boy for a little while at least. It looks like he would probably miss the remainder of the season. Kevin has been given a few options by the specialist that he saw in Manchester, one of which was to rehab the injured area over the next three weeks. That would mean he would be somewhere around the first and second game in the middle eights. At that point it will be determined whether that rehab allows him to function at a professional performance level. If that is the case we will go forward from there and hope that it works out for him.

– Wakefield coach Brian Smith

The 26-year-old Locke joined the Wildcats on a deal to the end of the season after securing a release from Salford and was injured in only his third game for them.

Wakefield play their last game of the regular season at Huddersfield on Sunday before entering the Qualifiers which will determine the make-up of Super League in 2016.

Wildcats sign Tongan international Tupou

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have continued their late-season signing spree with the recruitment of Tongan international threequarter Bill Tupou.

The 25-year-old former Canberra centre or winger, who began his career at New Zealand Warriors, joins the Wildcats until the end of the season and could make his debut in Sunday's final match of the First Utility Super League regular campaign at Huddersfield Giants.

Tupou, who was in the New Zealand squad for the 2011 Four Nations Series before switching his allegiance to Tonga, is Wakefield's seventh signing in as many weeks following the arrival of Michael Sio, Kevin Locke, Jordan Tansey, Anthony Walker, Anthony Mullally and Lee Smith as they seek to retain their top-flight status in the Super 8s Qualifiers.

Wildcats chairman Michael Carter said: "I am delighted to welcome Bill to the club. He will provide much-needed competition in the centre position. I am looking forward to seeing him in red, white and blue."

Tupou said: "I am extremely excited about the opportunity I have here at Wakefield Trinity. I want help the club remain in Super League and will give my everything to try and make that happen."

Meanwhile, Wakefield have announced that Australian back-rower Matt Ryan has left the club with immediate effect.

Ryan, 27, made 42 appearances for the Wildcats after joining them from Parramatta two years ago and was out of contract at the end of the season.

Carter said: "I'd like to thank Matt for all his efforts at Wakefield Trinity and I wish him all the very best for the future."

Giants and Wakefield in swap deal

Wakefield Wildcats prop forward Daniel Smith has signed a four and a half year deal with the Huddersfield Giants.

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The 22-year-old will move immediately after Giants prop forward Anthony Mullally agreed to move to Belle Vue on loan for the remainder of the 2015 season after which he will join his new club the Leeds Rhinos.

Smith becomes a Giant and will be available for selection for the trip to Catalan Dragons at the weekend.

Huddersfield Giants Managing Director Richard Thewlis said that the Smith deal had in essence merely been brought forward from the planned 2016 start.

Anthony leaves with our very best wishes for the future and I am sure that our fans will look forward to Daniel putting a claret and gold shirt on in the near future.

– Richard Thewlis - Huddersfield Giants Managing Director

Wakefield player goes into voluntary rehabilitation

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats star Richard Owen has voluntarily agreed to enter a rehabilitation programme.

Richard Owen Credit: Press Association

The club has said it will continue to fully support Owen throughout this process. As a result it has made the player unavailable for selection for the foreseeable future.

Owen, 25, has played 16 Super League games for the Wildcats this season.

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