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Super League side wary that star players could be “cherry picked” by rivals

In every sport where there is the threat of relegation there is a specific trend.

This is that the relegated team often have their best players snapped up by teams from the league they were relegated from.

This is something Wakefield Trinity are very aware of.

The likes of Jai Whitbread and Kelepi Tanginoa have been linked with moves.

Speaking last week, coach Mark Applegarth addressed this on BBC Radio Leeds: “It’s a lively time of the year. I think whoever does find themselves at the bottom of the table then naturally other clubs are going to start trying to cherry-pick your best talent.

“We’ve been working hard to secure people that we want to keep here and also keeping all of our best talent.

“There’s talks ongoing with players and we’re making sure that we secure players for Wakefield that we feel are going to help us in this transitional period and help us through the other end of it.

“In terms of recruitment, we’re speaking to a number of players just like every club is. Hopefully we’ve got a couple of good signings that we can announce soon and we’re just focusing in on that really.

“It’s just about securing our best talent and making sure they’ve still got a Wakefield Trinity badge on.

“Obviously it makes it trickier when you’ve got that threat of a relegation looming over you, such as we have. So it’s important that you have a solid plan in place, both ways, whether you survive in Super League or if the worst did happen, it’s important that you do plan.

“Obviously, we’ll be doing everything we can to make sure it’s plan A and that we’re still in Super League. But I think I said a few months ago, you’d be idiotic not to have a plan for both.”

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