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Tansey swaps Tigers for Wildcats

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have secured the signing of utility-back Jordan Tansey.

Tansey has signed an 18-month contract from local side Castleford Tigers Credit: Press Association

Tansey has signed an 18-month contract from local side Castleford Tigers which will see him at the club until the end of 2016 season.

The 28-year-old started his career at Leeds Rhinos before moving to Australian NRL side Sydney Roosters in 2009. Tansey made a return to the Super League soon after joining up with Hull FC.

He will link up with Brian Smith’s squad alongside new signings Michael Sio and Kevin Locke who have both penned a deal this week. All three will be in contention of being named in the 19-man squad to face Hull FC on Wednesday.

I am delighted to welcome Jordan Tansey to the club. Jordan will provide a genuine competition across all of our back players. I would also like to thank Castleford Tigers and Steve Gill for their corporation in making this move possible. Relations between the two rival clubs off the field have never been better.

– Chairman Michael Carter

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats sign Kevin Locke

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have secured the signing of full-back Kevin Locke until the end of the season. The New Zealander has joined the club as a free agent, pending a visa confirmation.

Kevin Locke Credit: Wakefield Wildcats

Locke who was born in Auckland started his playing career at New Zealand Warriors in 2009, finishing his first season at the club as top points scorer. After five years at the Warriors, Locke signed a three-year deal with Super League side Salford Red Devils in 2014.

I am delighted to welcome Kevin Locke to the club. Kevin showed a great desire to come and play his rugby here and get a smile back on his face. We think we can help him achieve that which will be good for him and us. I can’t wait to see him pull on the red, white and blue jersey.

– Wildcats Chairman Michael Carter

Locke will be in contention for next Wednesday’s fixture against Hull FC at Belle Vue. Tickets are still on sale for the game.

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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.

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