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Tupou extends Wildcats contract

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats centre Bill Tupou has signed a 2 year contract extension at Belle Vue to stay at the club until 2018.

The 25 year old has only made three appearances for the Wildcats this season after suffering with an ankle injury, although he is expected to return over the next couple of weeks.

He joined the Wildcats in June 2015 from NRL side Canberra Raiders on a deal until the end of the 2015 season. However after impressing then head coach Brian Smith and chairman Michael Carter, he signed a new one year deal.

The centre has become the third player to have signed a contract extension in the past two weeks under Head Coach, Chris Chester, following in the footsteps of Chris Annakin and Mika Simon.

Bill Tupou. Credit: Brett Crockford/AAP/PA Images

“I am very happy, it was a very easy decision for me and my partner. I came here around June last year and everything just clicked from there.

“Chezza (Chris Chester) is a good coach, he has brought the team together and by the looks of it everyone wants to stay because of him, everyone is performing because of Chezza. I don’t think I have played for him yet with my injury but he has seen a few of my games and he wants me to stay on. It is very pleasing for me and my partner and I am looking forward to staying on for the next few years.”

– Bill Tupou

“I am delighted that Bill has put pen to paper, he’s an important part of our team and I am looking forward to see him return to action in the next week or so. “Once again this shows us how important it is for us to keep all of our best players to move forward as a club; Bill will play a big part in this team over the next couple of years."

– Chris Chester

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Chris Chester is new head coach at Wakefield Wildcats

New head coach: Chris Chester Credit: PA

Chris Chester has been appointed head coach of Wakefield Wildcats, just three weeks after leaving his role at Hull KR.

The 37-year-old, who lives in Wakefield, has been named as the successor to Australian Brian Smith and will take charge immediately, preparing the team for Friday's visit to Hull.

The Wildcats have also announced that coach John Kear will return to the club to work alongside Chester as head of rugby from 2017. Kear, who guided Sheffield Eagles and Hull to Challenge Cup glory, is currently head coach of Championship club Batley.

Video emerges of rugby players after crash

A video has emerged of two former Wakefield Wildcats players following a crash earlier this year.

It appears to show the driver Tim Smith, seen in the video wearing a black t-shirt, and passenger Kevin Locke moments after the incident which happened in Brough in September.

Smith, 30, was arrested and later banned from driving for two years for failing to provide a specimen.

The Australian was dismissed by the Wildcats for gross misconduct and Locke was also released by the club following the incident.

Wildcats retain Wales prop Walker

Wakefield have announced the retention of Wales prop Anthony Walker, who has signed a two-year deal.

Credit: Press Association

Walker made eight appearances after joining the Wildcats from St Helens in June and is delighted to extend his stay at least until the end of 2017.

"I really enjoyed my time, especially working under Brian Smith who is an excellent coach. I'm looking forward to coming back in pre-season and work extremely hard."

Smith said: "We will see a slightly different Anthony Walker in 2016. His tremendous footwork in attack will be enhanced from his tough workouts in his personal programme throughout the off-season. He is one of many contenders for a spot in our forward pack."

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Tupou staying with Wakefield for 2016 season

Wakefield have re-signed former Canberra centre Bill Tupou for 2016 after he made a big impact in the club's successful battle against relegation.

Bill Tupou (centre) has resigned for the Wildcats Credit: Press Association

The 25-year-old was one of 10 new signings made by coach Brian Smith ahead of the Super 8s Qualifiers and impressed in his nine appearances, including the £1million shoot-out with Bradford that secured the Wildcats' spot in Super League for 2016.

Smith said: "Bill Tupou settled quickly into our team mid-season, largely based on his powerhouse running of the ball. With more time together with his team-mates in preparation, we are likely to have an even bigger and stronger series of performances from Bill."

Tupou, who began his career with New Zealand Warriors, said: "I'm very happy to have signed for a year here at Wakefield. It is a great time to be at the club."

Wildcats sign Liam Finn

Wakefield have continued re-building by taking on scrum-half Liam Finn from Super League neighbours Castleford.

The 31-year-old Ireland captain is joining the Wildcats on a two-year deal as the replacement for Australian Tim Smith, who was sacked earlier this month for gross misconduct.

Finn, who had a brief spell at Wakefield at the start of his professional career in 2004, is the fourth signing made by coach Brian Smith following the acquisition of Anthony England, Ben Shulver and Sean Morris. "I want to come back and put a few wrongs right from the last time I was here as it didn't really work out for me when I was younger," Finn said.

"I'm looking forward to working with an experienced coach like Brian. It will be interesting to see what he does differently to other coaches.

"I'm hoping that my role as half-back will add some organisation and control into the side and will hopefully get the best out of the team moving forward.

Finn also had a brief spell in Super League with his home-town club Halifa, before going on to play at Championship level with Dewsbury and Featherstone and gained a new lease of life when he followed coach Daryl Powell to Castleford two years ago.

He made 46 Super League appearances for the Tigers and helped them reach the Challenge Cup final at Wembley in 2014 but did not feature in their last four matches of the 2015 season.

Powell said: "Liam Finn has been a superb player for the Tigers over the past two years and has been a solid influence on the development of the team.

"He is a high quality bloke who is a pleasure to work with. I wish him all the best in his future career."

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:

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