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Lopini Paea swaps France for Wakefield

Wakefield coach James Webster has returned to Perpignan to make his latest signing for 2015.

James Webster signs his fourth player for 2015 Credit: Press Association

Tonga prop Lopini Paea, 30, is to follow his Catalan Dragons team-mate Mickael Simon in swapping the south of France for West Yorkshire after signing a 12-month contract with the Wildcats.

Paea, whose brother Mickey plays for Hull, has made 76 Super League appearances since joining the French club from Sydney Roosters in 2011.

"He's an experienced player and been a pivotal part of what is a very big and aggressive pack at Catalans," said Webster. "We're extremely happy to have him with us for next year."

The 16st 3lb Paea, who captained Tonga in the 2008 World Cup, is Wakefield's fourth addition to their squad for 2015 following the acquisition of Simon, Craig Hall and Matty Ashurst as Webster prepares for his first full season in charge.

It's a new challenge for me, a new lifestyle and I feel like a big kid starting all over again.

I'm really looking forward to coming to Wakefield and recapturing some of my best form again. I've been really impressed with the way the team have been playing for each other since James Webster has taken over and as a player that's something you want to be part of.

I've spoken to him a couple of times and I was really impressed with what he had to say.

– Lopini Paea

Washbrook signs new Wildcats deal

Wakefield loose forward Danny Washbrook has agreed a new 12-month contract to remain with the Wildcats in 2015.

Danny Washbrook has signed a new deal with Wakefield Wildcats Credit: Press Association

The 28-year old has been a mainstay in the team since joining from Hull in 2012, appearing in all but three of a possible 78 Super League appearances in that time, and is the club's leading tackler this year.

I've really enjoyed it here. If you speak to any of the boys that are here or those that have left, they'll say it's the best group of lads they've played with throughout their career and I'd have to agree with that.

– Danny Washbrook

The players and the staff are really happy that Washy has agreed a new deal. He plays 80 minutes in the middle and it's important to have players like that in your squad, particularly as we'll be running with quite a small squad next year."

– James Webster, Wakefield Wildcats coach

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Lyne signs new Wildcats deal

Wakefield threequarter Reece Lyne has committed his future to the Wildcats by signing a new three-year contract.

The 21-year-old former England academy international, joined from Hull 18 months ago, had over a year left on his current deal but has opted to extend his stay at Wakefield until the end of2017.

It's fantastic news that Reece wanted to extend his deal with us. He had a lot of interest from other places and realistically, you need to look at what Reece has done at the age of only 21. He's only going to get better.

– James Webster, Wildcats coach

Hall agrees Wakefield move

Craig Hall Credit: Press Association

Wakefield have signed Hull KR centre Craig Hall on a two-year contract.

The 26-year-old former Hull player will join up with the Wildcats at the end of the season when his contract with the Robins runs out.

"I've had four good years at Rovers and now I want to take my experience to a fresh start at Wakefield," said Hall.

"I've loved every minute at Rovers. It's the club I supported growing up so it's been a proud four years for me. Hopefully we can pick up some good results between now and the end of the season then I can have a good rest and really rip in to pre-season and have a big year next year."

Hall has spent his entire career on Humberside apart from a five-game loan spell at Widnes where he played alongside Wakefield head coach, James Webster.

"I'm delighted to get Craig on board for 2015," said Webster. "Craig is a player that possesses great speed and we feel that his all-round game and versatility will add plenty to our current squad."

Hull KR chief executive Mike Smith said: "I'd like to thank Craig for everything he has done for the club over the past four seasons.

"With Darrell Goulding joining us for next season and adding to the likes of Kris Welham, Liam Salter and Macauley Hallett who are already in the squad, we have plenty of options in the centres and can appreciate Craig's desire for regular first-team football at this stage of his career."

Sinfield to return for Wildcats clash

Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield has been named in the 19 man squad to face Wakefield Wildcats on Friday.

Sinfield to return for Wildcats clash Credit: Press Association

The 33-year-old missed Sunday's victory over Catalan Dragons.

The Rhinos will be without Carl Ablett (shoulder) and Mitch Achurch (groin) who both picked up injuries in Sunday's dramatic win.

They join Ian Kirke (concussion), Jamie Jones-Buchanan (calf), Chris Clarkson (Achilles), Rob Burrow (collar bone) and Zak Hardaker (suspension) on the sidelines.

Head Coach Brian McDermott has recalled youngsters Robbie Ward and Elliot Minchella to the squad whilst Luke Briscoe could feature against the team he played for on loan at the start of the current season.

Smith makes Wildcats return

Wakefield Wildcats have resigned former player Tim Smith on loan for the remainder of the season.

Smith makes Wildcats return Credit: Press Association

The 29-year-old moved to Salford Red Devils last August and has since made 12 appearances, scoring two tries.

He returns to Trinity for a second spell after playing an integral part in their push to the 2012 playoffs.

That season Smith racked up 38 assists and won the club's Man of Steel and Members' Player of the Year awards.

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Tautai to join Wigan

Wakefield Wildcats forward Taulima Tautai is to join Super League champions Wigan in a deal effective from the end of the season.

The hard-hitting 26-year-old has agreed a three-year contract with Shaun Wane's side, with Wigan saying that his performance against them earlier this season brought him to their attention.

A statement said he impressed Wigan officials "with a series of strong performances early in the season, especially against the Warriors at the DW Stadium in March".

The Samoa international, who signed for Wakefield last season, has also played in the NRL with Parramatta and Cronulla.

I am excited for the opportunity of becoming a Wigan Warrior in 2015. I am looking forward to improving as a player and growing as part of their team. I am very impressed with Wigan and feel that this is the right step forward for me in my life and career.

"Although I am grateful for this move I would not be in this position if it wasn't for Richard Agar believing in me and giving me my first chance in Super League. My focus for the rest of the 2014 season will be to return from injury and put my energy into the success of my current team, Wakefield Wildcats."

– Taulima Tautai, Wakefield Wildcats

Annakin handed five-game ban

Wakefield Wildcats forward Chris Annakin has been served with a five-match ban by the Rugby Football League.

Annakin was charged with a dangerous throw in his side's loss to Warrington on Sunday and was given his punishment on Tuesday night.

His ban means coach Richard Agar will not be able to call on him for the crucial relegation scrap with Bradford on Sunday. He will also sit out meetings with London, Wigan, Hull and Leeds.

Wildcats extend Anderson deal, while Fox is let go

Wakefield have extended the contract of Australian prop Scott Anderson and parted company with former England winger Peter Fox.

Scott Anderson Credit: Press Association

Anderson, 28, joined the Wildcats in the winter on a 12-month deal but, after featuring in 11 of their first 13 First Utility Super League matches, has now has extended his stay to the end of 2016.

Peter Fox Credit: Press Association

Meanwhile the 30-year-old Fox is expected to join Championship club Halifax after leaving the Wildcats by mutual consent.

Fox, who has scored 45 tries in 84 Super League appearances for Wakefield, was out of contract at the end of the year.

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