Mark Applegarth confirms there’s “a lot of interest” in Wakefield star from rival clubs

As Mark Applegarth previewed tomorrow’s clash against Leeds Rhinos, he spoke about the huge blow that was losing Lewis Murphy to an ACL.

He told BBC Sport West Yorkshire: “Obviously we’re really disappointed for Lewis. We got him scanned on Monday which confirmed the news really.

“It was in the back of everyone’s mind hoping that it wasn’t, but he’s got an ACL tear. We’ve got the surgery booked later this month and we’re just supporting him now so he can continue his playing career.

“Just really disappointed for him personally and how he wanted to back up that season from last year. We’ll be there to support him every step of the way and make sure he doesn’t feel isolated and make sure he’s fit and ready for next year.

“I think he just went up for a contest and come down really awkward. He heard something go and tried playing on but he was looking at me letting me know something wasn’t right.

“It’s a cruel blow but I’ve no doubts he’ll be back bigger and better next year.

Murphy was rumoured to be signing a two year deal with Sydney Roosters in the NRL though this news has raised questions about this.

Applegarth weighed in on the matter: “I don’t know to be honest with you. When Lewis is ready to announce his future and once it’s all sorted out I’ll be listening with the rest of you.

“I hope it’s with us but I know he’s got quite a lot of interest as you’d expect. That’s at the back of my mind at the moment, the first and foremost is making sure I support Lewis as a coach and a friend to come back from his ACL reconstruction.

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