Mark Applegarth glad Wakefield Trinity aren’t getting a totally new stadium

It’s exciting times for Wakefield Trinity as the club enters a new era both on and off the field which promises to be a bright new start at Belle Vue.

The club have made some exciting signings in the shape of Featherstone Rovers halfback Morgan Smith and NRL star Kevin Proctor.

The West Yorkshire side also have a new coach in the shape of Mark Applegarth who is supported by new assistant James Ford formerly of York as they fill the gaps left by former Leeds Rhinos duo Willie Poching and Francis Cummins who helped steer the club away from relegation at the end of last season.

Off the field it is exciting times at Belle Vue as well as the club revamps their ground thanks to a grant provided by Wakefield Council.

The club are expecting major development by the summer as they celebrate their 150th year which has resulted in the release of special jerseys to mark the club’s legacy.

Now Applegarth has spoken about the stadium’s redevelopment and said that he is happy that the club is staying at Belle Vue.

There were suggestions in the past that Wakefield would leave Belle Vue behind for a new stadium completely like the likes of St Helens, Warrington Wolves and others have done during Super League.

However, Wakefield are staying at Belle Vue and Applegarth is glad that Wakefield are staying where they are rather than going to a new stadium.

“I do tend to prefer the idea of staying put and not going to a totally new stadium. Everyone is under different circumstances but I am glad it’s still at Belle Vue because that’s how I remember Wakefield Trinity. My childhood memories were Wakefield Trinity at Belle Vue.

“I am pleased from a personal point of view. I’m just glad we’re getting an updated stadium if I’m honest.

“It was getting a bit embarrassing wasn’t it playing top level sport under those conditions. Once everything is finished it should be a brilliant place to come and watch rugby league.”

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