When Wakefield Trinity were in dire need of players towards the end of the 2022 Super League season, they called on a number of emergency signings.
Hull FC pair Josh Bowden and Jamie Shaul made the move to Belle Vue whilst Rob Butler joined from Warrington Wolves and Jorge Taufua from Manly Sea Eagles.
One of those stood out, though, and that was Shaul whose energy at the back proved vital for Trinity in the dying stages of the season, so much so, that Wakefield actually ended the year above Warrington in tenth.
From that moment on, Wakefield made their feelings known about Shaul and the desire to keep him at Belle Vue, with a move out of the MKM Stadium looking likely after falling down in the pecking order under Brett Hodgson.
However, with the appointment of Tony Smith, it isn’t known what will happen to those Hull players currently at the club or whether Smith will have his eye on any other signings.
With there being little wiggle room in the Black and Whites’ salary cap, however, it means that outgoings will perhaps be necessary if incomings are planned under the new boss.
Whether Shaul will be one of those remains to be seen, but the fullback has been the subject of a number of offers, Serious About Rugby League can reveal.
Shaul himself will need to make a decision on his future in the upcoming weeks as clubs get ready for the end of the season and then the start of pre-season in a months or so time.
Whatever the 30-year-old’s destination, he will be a valuable member of any Super League squad.