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Rhinos sign Paul Aiton from Wakefield

Leeds Rhinos have signed Papua New Guinea hooker Paul Aiton from Wakefield Wildcats for an undisclosed fee.

28-year-old Aiton, who was Wakefield’s Player of the Year last season, will join Rhinos on a three year contract.

He’s also set to lead Papua New Guinea in their Rugby League World Cup clash with World Champions New Zealand at Headingley Carnegie this Friday.

James Elston resigned as CEO at Wakefield Wildcats

Elston had been involved with the Wildcats for over 12 years, starting as a community development manager before working his way to roles in senior management and until recently was CEO.

Elston brought former Chairman Andrew Glover to the club who rescued the Wildcats from liquidation.

They then successfully applied for a Super League license in 2011. He continued to strengthen the board, attracting current chairman Michael Carter and director Chris Brereton. He has also been responsible for establishing the Wildcats Sport & Education Academy.

This provides the opportunity for Trinity’s Academy players to earn a qualification alongside full-time training for the first ever time from October. This has enabled the Wildcats to retain and attract some of the best young talent around including six England youth Internationals.


Trophy victory for Huddersfield Giants

Huddersfield Giants Jermaine McGillvary scores a try Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Huddersfield Giants thrashed Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 40-0 last night to claim the Super League leaders' shield. It's the first time they've finished top of the table in 81 years, and they were presented with the trophy on the field at the John Smith's Stadium after the game.

Sykes signs new Wildcats deaal

Paul Sykes
Paul Sykes Credit: Press Association

Paul Sykes has signed a new one-year deal with Wakefield. Wildcats. The former England international, who joined the club from Bradford last season, will now remain with the Wildcats until the end of 2014.

Sykes was a key player as Wakefield made the play-offs last season, but has seen his influence diluted this year as a result of a broken leg.

He remains an important player at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium, though, and is pleased to have agreed the deal.

"It's been a bit of an up and down season for me personally and I'm looking forward to starting afresh next year and stay the whole season injury free," he said.

Tuson set for Wildcats

Chris Tuson
Chris Tuson Credit: Press Association

Wakefield Wildcats have announced the capture of Wigan forward Chris Tuson for next season.

The 23-year-old back rower, who was in the Warriors side that beat the Wildcats 36-23 on Sunday, will join them on a two-year deal from November.

"I'm delighted we've been able to sign Chris," said Wildcats coach Richard Agar.

"He's quite an experienced player now and he's been a regular in a very strong side and arguably the best side in the competition over recent seasons.

"I think Chris will help us create a very hard edge while being ruthless because he's a very aggressive and competitive player."

Tuson, who is out of contract at Wigan this year, is Wakefield's first signing for 2014.

A product of the Wigan academy system, has made over 70 appearances for the club including the 2011 World Club Challenge and had a brief loan spell at Castleford in 2010.


Wakefield's Annakin given new two year deal

Wakefield Wildcat's Chris Annakin Credit: Dave Howarth/DAH Sports Images/Press Association Images

Wakefield forward Chris Annakin has been rewarded for an impressive breakthrough season with a new two-year contract.

The 22-year-old has made 13 appearances in 2013 and scored his first try in the Wildcats' Magic Weekend derby loss to Castleford on Saturday.

Annakin was due to be out of contract at the end of the season but the club have announced he has now signed until the end of 2015.

Wildcats' Justin Poore to face disciplinary panel

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats forward Justin Poore will face the Rugby Football League's disciplinary panel in Leeds tomorrow after being charged with punching during his side's 44-24 Super League defeat at Wigan.

The Australian front rower was sent off after 10 minutes by referee Robert Hicks for hitting Wigan second rower Liam Farrell and was today charged with a grade B offence by the RFL's match-review panel.

Super League clash postponed for 2nd time

The Super League match between Wakefield and Leeds has been postponed for a second time due to the adverse weather conditions in West Yorkshire over the last 48 hours.

The match had initially been due to take place on Friday night but heavy snow forced it to be put back to this afternoon, but it was confirmed this morning that conditions around the Rapid Solicitors Stadium were still unsafe for spectators.

No date for the re-arranged game has been set yet.

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