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Super League side in the market for signings including swap deals

Wakefield Trinity are winless at the bottom of the league and are doing it tough on the injury front.

Thus they have made a few loan signings from Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants as well as agreeing a swap deal for Corey Hall so that they can bring in Hull KR fullback Will Dagger.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, coach Mark Applegarth confirmed that Trinity are still talking to a number of targets:

“We’ve been speaking to a couple, we need some bodies in. I can’t keep sitting in here saying that we’ve got some troops coming back, we need some troops in now.

“We’re trying and I think Michael and John, and the rest of the board, who are all working hard behind the scenes. When options come up they make me aware of them and then we have a good honest conversation about things.

“First and foremost we’ve got to do what’s right for Wakefield Trinity in the long run.”

He did express that he is frustrated by the fact the club can’t get in the players they need:

“I’ve tried staying out of the press and blaming injuries because I don’t like that victim mentality, I think it’s weak. But the facts are we need to get some bodies in so yeah we’ve been as proactive as we can.

“When you look out there, who do you go for? Let’s just say we had a magic pot with £100 grand in it, you can’t just say ‘we’ll go get these players’, because them players aren’t out there.

“The players that are out there are contracted to other clubs and naturally other clubs are a business themselves. They’ll do what’s right for their business, if they don’t think they can offset their loss then they won’t make that asset available.

“100% I get the fan’s frustration, I share it at times. Objectively they can rest assured that we are doing what we feel is right for Wakefield Trinity, in the short term and the long term health of the club.”

After completing this swap deal with Hull KR, Applegarth confirmed that the club could consider more of these deals:

“100% we will consider more swap deals. As I said we are a club that always spend within our means. We haven’t got owners that are willing to offset millions in personal loss, and rightly so. We’re trying to get a sustainable club.

“We have been very sustainable and one of the things of that is that you’ve got budgets to work to. We’re not at cap, we’ve got a budget to stick to that we all knew at the start of the year.

“So if there’s no more money then the only solution to getting players in is seeing what business is out there.

“The team is bigger than any individual, so you always do what is right for the team and for the club.

“That’s not me saying that I want to get rid of players, I don’t. What I’m saying is that if ridiculous offers were made available to Michael you’d be a fool not to listen to them.”

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