It has now been confirmed that former Warrington Wolves and Hull FC winger Tom Lineham has left Wakefield Trinity.
It is twice in a matter of years that Lineham has left a club shortly after the arrival of Daryl Powell but this time it feels like the wheels were already set in motion with Lineham linked with a move to York Knights long before Powell was in charge of the club.
But either way it was Daryl Powell who confirmed his exit from the club on BBC Radio Leeds this week. Lineham left Warrington under Powell’s command after joining the club from Hull FC famously scoring the try that stunned St Helens in the 2018 Super League semi-finals.
He joined Wakefield ahead of 2022 but was in and out of the team for the majority of his time there and spent time on loan at Featherstone Rovers.
He is now set to join a new club as confirmed by Daryl Powell who said: “Tom’s left the club. That was announced. Tom’s left. I think it’s common knowledge that Tom’s left.”
Lineham had been contracted until the end of 2024 but has now been let go by the club.
Powell also praised the club’s recruitment saying: “Thomas Doyle was signed before I got there. I was impressed with him when I sat down with him, and to be able to sign someone like Jermaine McGillvary, he’s at the back end of his career; but having sat down with him, you’re talking to him and listening to the passion he’s got to to finish to finish his career really well, he’s really driven, he surprised me how driven he was having done all the things that he’s done.
“I know he’s pretty disappointed with how he finished at Huddersfield and I think we’ll see the benefit of that fire that’s been lit inside of him. I think Lachlan Walmsley is going to be something. He came in yesterday and I stood alongside him and I’m looking up you know he’s a tall boy and he’s got great athletic ability I think he’s somebody that the Wakefield fans are really going to enjoy seeing. As I think all the signings you know Iain Thornley is someone who I think he was pretty unlucky. Probably lucky for us, he didn’t play that many games at Wigan last year. He’s another one.”
Despite the arrival of experienced players, Powell is delighted to have secured young Oliver Pratt until the end of 2026: “We are signing some experienced players, but retaining Oliver Pratt for example was key; retaining him and extending him, and making him feel like he’s going to play a big part with us. It’s a big signing for the club. Really pleased with that-as well as the signings that we’ve got over the line and there’s some more to come. I know the fans will be really excited seeing the quality of player that we sign and I’m just as excited, looking forward to working with these boys.”