Wakefield Trinity have released their third squad number of the day with youngster Robbie Butterworth receiving the number 27 shirt being the latest one.
Butterworth had donned the shirt in the traditional Boxing Day game and took over on kicking duties during his time on the pitch, but it’s been officially announced today that he’ll wear the shirt for the upcoming season.
2️⃣7️⃣ Robbie Butterworth. 💥
The halfback or fullback impressed with the Reserves last season and will be hoping to kick on in 2023. 💪
— Wakefield Trinity (@WTrinityRL) December 27, 2022
This news follows that of fellow youngsters Sam Eseh and Dane Windrow who took on numbers 25 and 26 as reported earlier.
This young Trinity trio all receiving their numbers will add plenty of youth to a side that will be led by Super League’s youngest head coach, Mark Applegarth with the 38-year-old having presided over their Boxing Day victory yesterday in his first game.
With the announcement of these three shirts Wakefield are almost completed and their squad numbers are as follows.
Trinity will have Max Jowitt wearing number one, Jorge Taufua at two with Tom Lineham beating star youngster Lewis Murphy to the number five shirt who both beat Murphy to the shirts.
Ex-Leeds Rhinos man Corey Hall takes three with Reece Lyne, the former Hull FC centre who is celebrating a testimonial, keeps four with new signing Samisoni Langi overlooked.
Speaking of overlooking new signings, Morgan Smith missed out on six with former Huddersfield Giants halfback Lee Gaskell taking on six having worn 17 last year.
Mason Lino has kept seven whilst Eddie Battye was yesterday confirmed as keeping the number eight also ahead of Atoni.
Battye took on the eight shirt left by David Fifita who in his last season moved back to 35 last year.
Battye will now keep it again in 2023 with Jai Whitbread taking Tinirau Arona’s number 10 in 2023 whilst Liam Hood has kept nine.
Ashurst has kept 11 with Kelepi Tanginoa still at 12 and Jay Pitts at 13 all of whom have beaten new signing Kevin Proctor to their respective squad numbers.
Jordy Crowther has also kept 14 and Liam Kay has moved up to 15.
Ex-Hull FC man Josh Bowden will wear the number 16 shirt and Renouf Atoni was the first new signing to receive a shirt number at 17 and Lee Kershaw remains at 18.
New signings Kevin Proctor (19), Morgan Smith (20) and Samisoni Langi (21) all have squad numbers now whilst Rob Butler will wear number 22, young winger Lewis Murphy (23) and fellow youngster Harry Bowes wearing 24.
Today’s announcements of Eseh at 25, Windrow at 26 and Butterworth at 27 mean Wakefield are close to filling their squad out.
Here’s their confirmed squad numbers for 2023:
1 Max Jowitt
2 Jorge Taufua
3 Corey Hall
4 Reece Lyne
5 Tom Lineham
6 Lee Gaskell
7 Mason Lino
8 Eddie Battye
9 Liam Hood
10 Jai Whitbread
11 Matty Ashurst
12 Kelepi Tanginoa
13 Jay Pitts
14 Jordy Crowther
15 Liam Kay
16 Josh Bowden
17 Renouf Atoni
18 Lee Kershaw
19 Kevin Proctor
20 Morgan Smith
21 Samisoni Langi
22 Rob Butler
23 Lewis Murphy
24 Harry Bowes
25 Sam Eseh
26 Dane Windrow
27 Robbie Butterworth