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How Wakefield Trinity could line up in 2025 with more reported Super League transfers

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Wakefield Trinity are currently tearing up the Championship with Daryl Powell’s side yet to be defeated and more exciting is the fact they’re building a very strong side for 2025.

It’s widely expected that Wakefield Trinity will return to Super League for 2025 with the club ranked 11th when the preliminary IMG grades were released in October. Since then, the club have been taken over by new owner Matt Ellis, developed their stadium and improved their average attendance.

They will also pick up the 0.125 points on offer for winning the 1895 Cup and all those factors make it highly likely that Trin will earn themselves a place in Super League for 2025.

They’re certainly planning for Super League after confirming four signings for 2025, all of whom they have signed from Super League with three of those penning four-year deals. After their two most recent signings, their Head of Recruitment Ste Mills has outlined the club’s plans to become a “top four Super League side”.

We’ve looked at who they’ve signed so far and who they’re linked with to pick out the Super League-quality team that Wakefield Trinity could boast in 2025 after suggestions they could sign “four or five more players”.

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How Wakefield Trinity could line up in 2025

Fullback: Max Jowitt

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Jowitt was one of the players who was quick to commit his future to Wakefield Trinity even when it looked certain that they would be relegated and he’s kept his status as a fan favourite as a result of that.

Missing much of the 2023 Super League season due to injury, Jowitt has been incredible in 2024 and will look to continue that in 2024. He tops the Championship scoring charts with a whopping 148 points, 34 more than his nearest rival, courtesy of his eight tries and goalkicking.

Wingers: Jermaine McGillvary and Tom Johnstone

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Wakefield Trinity are spoilt for choice on the wing but one man who will certainly be starting is Tom Johnstone with the England international re-signing for the club from Catalans Dragons. He’s penned a four-year deal to return to Belle Vue but who he will play alongside is a tougher question.

Veteran Jermaine McGillvary is just four tries shy of the 200 mark in Super League and aged 36 hasn’t slowed up this year scoring six for Trin. He’ll be pushed by speedster Lachlan Walmsley and ex-Leeds and Cas man Derrell Olpherts who has found immense form in the Championship with nine tries in his last four games.

Centres: Cam Scott and Oliver Pratt

Wakefield Trinity signing Cam Scott playing for Hull FC tackling Kelepi Tanginoa

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Cam Scott is one of the latest Super League signings that Wakefield Trinity have made for next year with his arrival prompting a reaction from Hull FC fans suggesting he’s purely signed for money. More likely is the fact he’s signed due to the club’s ambition instead with Scott set to be a starting centre in a team that looks very progressive.

He’ll partner youngster Ollie Pratt who is incredibly highly rated by Wakefield Trinity and has shown exactly why this season. At just 19, he’s got plenty to develop but he’s doing so at a rapid rate and like Olpherts has come into form, scoring four in his last five.

Half-Backs: Olly Russell and Mason Lino

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The latest player that Wakefield Trinity have signed is Huddersfield playmaker Olly Russell with the left-footed maestro penning a huge four-year deal, indicating that he’s front and centre for their plans and will replace Luke Gale.

Mason Lino has shown his class in the Championship and has done so previously in Super League with Trinity likely to retain him as one of their overseas quota players.

Props and Hooker: Mike McMeeken, Renouf Atoni, Cain Robb

Mike McMeeken

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Mike McMeeken has followed fellow England international Tom Johnstone from the south of France to West Yorkshire and Wakefield. It will now mean that Trin will have two England internationals for the next four years, something that hasn’t happened for a very long time as pointed out by Head of Recruitment Ste Mills, a statement of intent from the Championship leaders.

Partnering him would be Renouf Atoni who has come into his own this season and has also earned himself a contract extension in the process. Signing ahead of the 2023 season, it seems that he has just taken longer to adjust but now looks every bit the quality signing they’d hoped he would be.

At hooker, Trinity have a number of players within their squad with Thomas Doyle one of the younger talents there at 25, however, Wakefield should be making a play for Cas youngster Cain Robb. With Liam Horne having extended his contract, Robb (who has also recently re-signed) could be easier to pick up and offer Trin some Super League experience and youth behind veteran Liam Hood. Alternatively, they go to the other end of the spectrum and sign another Catalans player and former England international Micky McIlorum, however, he’d be 37 by the time the season started making it unlikely.

Second-Row and Loose Forward: Isaiah Vagana, Matty Storton and Ky Rodwell

Wakefield Trinity target Matty Storton playing for Hull KR

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Wakefield Trinity have lots of bodies in their pack but they’re still looking to add to it with reports suggesting that Matty Storton from Hull KR will head to Belle Vue to join the club. He would slot into the second-row and compete with the likes of Josh Griffin, Matty Ashurst, Caleb Uele, Luke Bain, Mathieu Cozza, Jay Pitts and Toby Boothroyd.

The man who could come to the fore is son of ex-Bradford Bulls man Joe Vagana with son Isaiah having impressed so far for the club. Another overseas import Ky Rodwell, who formerly played for Parramatta Eels is very adept at loose forward as a committee approach for Powell’s pack.

Possible Wakefield Trinity team for 2025

FB: Max Jowitt
WG: Jermaine McGillvary
CE: Cam Scott
CE: Oliver Pratt
WG: Tom Johnstone
HB: Olly Russell
HB: Mason Lino
PR: Mike McMeeken
HK: Cain Robb
PR: Renouf Atoni
SR: Isaiah Vagana
SR: Matty Storton
LF: Ky Rodwell

Interchange options for Wakefield Trinity in 2025

Derrell Olpherts
Caleb Uele
Jay Pitts
Matty Ashurst

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