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Super League star admits he expected struggling side “to be contending for play-offs”

Wakefield Trinity

It is tough going at Wakefield Trinity at the moment with the club without a win to start the season.

It is perhaps even tougher for Lewis Murphy. No doubt excited that he has secured his big move to the NRL, he is also helpless to watch as his side struggle and he can do nothing after an ACL injury.

Speaking on Show Me The Money TV, he admitted he felt that the club would be challenging for the play-offs in 2023: “I’ve been around the boys and you can feel a bit of tension but I think with our squad and our players, I still think we can and I don’t know how we’re not winning to be honest.

“Before the season I thought we were going to be contending for playoffs.”

At present, Wakefield can only try and chase down 10th placed Hull FC and 11th Castleford Tigers.

On them, Murphy said: “We can’t even look at them at the moment because we just need to get a win on the board. If we don’t get a win and they start winning the gap is just going to get bigger.”

Despite all of this he still backs coach Mark Applegarth:

“He’s a massive part of my career. He’s really good with the rugby side of things but I think of his main strengths is the personal side with the players.

“I can’t give him enough praise for how good he’s been for my career.”

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