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“On a special journey” – Wakefield Trinity outline plans to become top four Super League side

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Wakefield Trinity confirmed two more signings for the 2025 season last week with the Championship leaders plotting for life back in Super League. It’s also evident that the club have changed their mentality in the transfer market with Head of Recruitment Ste Mills updating fans after a busy week.

Last week saw Trinity sign Hull FC man Cam Scott and Huddersfield Giants playmaker Olly Russell, the duo becoming Wakefield’s third and fourth signing for 2025, with all the recruits so far having come from Super League.

That shows the intent that the club have with plans to become a “top four side” having also been outlined as part of the bold plan under new owner Matt Ellis. Additional to that is the fact that three of their four signings have penned four-year deals which indicates the faith that the club have in their project.

Becoming a top four side was one of the goals highlighted by Head of Recruitment Ste Mills earlier this week with Mills stating: “We want to be a top four Super League team. We’re not happy to be at the bottom of the Super League next year.”

Currently atop the Championship after winning all 13 of their games in the league this season and with a win at Wembley for the 1895 Cup Trophy, Wakefield Trinity are in a strong position and it’s seemingly set to get stronger.

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Wakefield Trinity continue ambitious recruitment strategy

Olly Russell has signed for Wakefield Trinity

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That’s at least according to Head of Recruitment Ste Mills who has told the club’s YouTube channel that Wakefield Trinity will no longer be selling club as they bid to become a force in Super League from next season.

Assessing the four signings made for 2025 so far, Mills outlined Catalans Dragons winger and current England international Tom Johnstone as the most significant given the fact it saw Johnstone return, a statement that Wakefield are now the buying club and not the selling one.

Mills explained: “Yeah, Tom Johnstone was one of our number one targets alongside Mike McMeeken. In my opinion, he should have never left here.

“This club won’t be getting rid of players anymore, won’t be selling players. Sometimes we have to rectify things that have happened in the past. Bringing Tom back was a priority, it was what Matt Ellis wanted, we all wanted, so we made sure it happened. Like I said in the fans forum, we feel like he’s home here, he can grow.”

He also commented on other signings such as Mike McMeeken with Wakefield Trinity set to boast two England internationals in their squad as he previewed an exciting period for the club.

The club’s Head of Recruitment outlined: “So the next four years here, we’ve got a genuine England international player with him and Mike, the last time that would have happened, it would have been a long, long time ago.

“To actually attract an English player to Wakefield Trinity shows where we’re going and all the signings that on board with the belief and the project we’re on and a special journey.”

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  1. William friar

    July 1, 2024 at 11:52 am

    It seems that they have been promised a place in super league whatever happens in the championship. now its a case of dosn,t matter how you play or where you finish if your clubs not attractive to new regime you are not wanted.

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