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Locke could prove key for Wildcats

New Zealand international Kevin Locke could yet play a role in Wakefield's attempt to salvage their Super League status.

New Zealand international Kevin Locke could yet play a role in Wakefield's attempt to salvage their Super League status. Credit: Wakefield Wildcats

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.

– Wakefield coach Brian Smith

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.

Wildcats sign Tongan international Tupou

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."


Giants and Wakefield in swap deal

Wakefield Wildcats prop forward Daniel Smith has signed a four and a half year deal with the Huddersfield Giants.

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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.

– Richard Thewlis - Huddersfield Giants Managing Director

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.


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.

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