Much has been made about Wakefield Trinity in 2023 on and off the field.
On the field they have yet to win a game after six rounds which have included five games where they have been unable to score a try. In eight games they have been unable to score more than one try as well.
That does look like it might be set to change with Trinity pushing league leaders Warrington Wolves all the way last week and with former Man of Steel and Leeds Rhinos skipper Luke Gale joining the club he could spark them back into life.
Meanwhile, off the field some fans have been critical of the club’s recruitment with the West Yorkshire side the last to make their moves in the transfer market.
The club have also put a lot of money into the stadium including a new stand.
They also invested in a new pitch which has stirred up quite a fuss.
The pitch’s synthetic element has caused some injuries especially in Round One against Catalans Dragons.
Their coach Steve McNamara said after that game:
“It was a pretty tough game on a pitch that took skin of your legs. The boys there, their legs are red raw. It’s an issue. It’s an issue for Wakefield moving forward for their players. I haven’t seen anything like that before in terms of the blisters and blood that’s in there off that field there.”
When asked if he was a fan, he said: “No I’m not a fan, not if that’s the outcome. If the outcome is that, then definitely. It’s going to create issues I’m sure. We haven’t got to play on it again but they have to play on it every other week.
“I didn’t quite realise it was like that before we came. We’d seen pictures but it’s an issue.”
He then stated: “That’s the worst dressing room I’ve seen for skin taken off legs without a doubt.”
After that there was a big question mark over the pitch and inspections before their games against Huddersfield Giants and Hull KR.
However, then Catalans star Mitchell Pearce has said that there is “something seriously wrong” with the pitch saying that some players are still carrying cuts from that game.
He said on the Bench podcast: “There’s some rough fields out there, they could fix up that Wakefield field ASAP. There’s something seriously wrong with it, after the game some of the boys have still got scabs on their legs and it was about 10 weeks ago.”
However, in a new picture shared by the club the pitch has never looked better whilst the new stand in the background is also coming along brilliantly.
Back on home turf this Thursday night against Hull FC!
🎟 https://t.co/UZP1g9h2JJ pic.twitter.com/tvX4SMuw5J
— Wakefield Trinity (@WTrinityRL) May 8, 2023
Things looking up both on and off the field for Trinity.