Wakefield have sacked Australian scrum-half Tim Smith, chairman Michael Carter has confirmed.
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.
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Wakefield Wildcats have confirmed Simon Grix will be joining the club on loan from Warrington Wolves.
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.
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, 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.
Carter has maintained that his club would be willing to stay at Belle Vue if the rent can be renegotiated.
New Zealand international Kevin Locke could yet play a role in Wakefield's attempt to salvage their Super League status.
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.
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.
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."
Wakefield Wildcats prop forward Daniel Smith has signed a four and a half year deal with the Huddersfield Giants.
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.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats star Richard Owen has voluntarily agreed to enter a rehabilitation programme.
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.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have secured the signing of utility-back Jordan Tansey.
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.
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.
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.
Locke will be in contention for next Wednesday’s fixture against Hull FC at Belle Vue. Tickets are still on sale for the game.