Ashurst signs new four-year deal with Trinity

WAKEFIELD Trinity have secured the services of second-rower Matty Ashurst for another four years.

The former Salford and St Helens player this week put pen to paper on a new four-year deal, keeping him at Trinity until 2021.

Ashurst played in 31 games for the Red, White and Blue army last year – winning the Player’s Player of the Year and Player of the Year Awards at the club’s awards night after an impressive season, which saw Wakefield reach fifth in Super League.

The 28-year-old arrived in the 2015 season under then coach James Webster, and has since scored 24 tries.

Ashurst said: “I am really happy to have secured my long-term future here at Wakefield.

“The club has improved massively in the time that I’ve been here and that showed with us narrowly missing out on the semi’s last season.

“I have enjoyed working under Chezzy (Chris Chester) and the rest of the staff and we’ve got a really good group of lads here which was a big reason I wanted to stay.

“I’m looking forward to the future and hopefully playing a part in the club building on the last couple of years and continuing the move in the right direction.”

Head coach Chris Chester said: “I am thrilled that we have been able to secure Matty for four years. He has had an impressive season for us playing some big numbers week in, week out.

“His dedication to the club is second-to-none, whether it is on the field or at training.

“To be able to secure a player on a long-term deal like we have with Matty proves that the club is heading in the right direction. 2017 was a fantastic season finishing in fifth, but we now look to improve on this in 2018.”