Mark Applegarth names new Wakefield Trinity captain for 2023

It’s a new era on and off the field at Wakefield Trinity.

The club is re-developing its stadium thanks to money from Wakefield Council, meanwhile there have been changes behind the scenes too.

Willie Poching and Francis Cummins left the club after fending off the threat of relegation at the end of 2022.

Mark Applegarth was subsequently promoted to the role of Head Coach and joined by former York boss James Ford.

They have already added some quality to their squad for 2023.

Trinity signed home town halfback Morgan Smith after a superb season at Featherstone Rovers learning his trade under former Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott.

Smith previously played for London Broncos and Warrington Wolves.

He’ll be joined by Kevin Proctor. The NRL winner, former Melbourne Storm and Gold Coast Titans star is a former New Zealand international and adds some real experience to the squad and makes up for missing out on James Tamou who left Wests Tigers to join the North Queensland Cowboys instead of Wakefield.

They have had to see some star names go however including skipper Jacob Miller. The former Hull FC halfback has left for Castleford Tigers where he will partner Gareth Widdop.

This meant that Applegarth was left needing to name a new skipper and has appointed Matty Ashurst for the 2023 season.

The former St Helens and Salford Red Devils forward has been at the club since 2015 and has made over 150 appearances for Trinity.

At 33 he also brings plenty of experience to the role.

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