As Wigan Warriors chase top spot, Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves, Hull FC, Hull KR and Salford Red Devils battle for play off spots, Wakefield Trinity and Castleford Tigers are fighting for Super League survival at the bottom of the league.
Wakefield looked gone earlier this year but the arrival of former Man of Steel as well as cult hero David Fifita gave them hope.
Castleford defeated them recently though in a crucial blow in their battle for survival and things could be tougher with Mark Applegarth confirming Fifita could go down under for the birth of his baby any week now.
He said on BBC Radio Leeds:
“Yeah, it’s exactly as we said when we signed him, he’s got his family back home and his wife’s due any minute, so it’s the right thing to do by Dave, he’s a family man and he’s close to his family and family always comes first, so we’ll play that by ear.
“I’m in constant dialogue with him about it. He is with me and we’ll see how it all unfolds with Dave. If he has to go home to be with his family, I 100% back him on that every single time.
“I appreciate him coming over in the short-term period that he has and giving us that lift and boost. Ultimately, family is family and they’re there for the rest of your life. What an incredible thing it is, experiencing the birth of your new child and things. Who am I to say, no, I don’t want you around for it. I haven’t really got a voice on that side. I appreciate everything Dave’s done in that sense.”
Asked if this week could be his last game, Applegarth said:
“I don’t know if I’m honest with you. I think he’ll probably be around for another two or three weeks at least. But if he does have to go home, I don’t think anyone can knock him for it, can they?
“I really respect Dave for what he’s done, coming over here, it must be tough for him in that sense. We’ll see what happens over the next three or four weeks.
“There’s no surprise on mine or the club’s part or his part, the conversations have been happening since we signed him.
“He’s going to be a player that’s talked about for many years to come is Dave, not just for coming back and helping the fight this year, but what he’s done in previous years too.
“He’s a larger than life character. Any young kid that’s come and watched Dave, he’s normally the last in the changing rooms after because he takes all that stuff very, very serious and rightly so. He’ll make sure he signs every single young fan’s autograph, take personal pictures, whatever it is.
“I can’t speak highly enough about the guy. Just a genuine family man that’s out in the right place and rightly so. He’ll go down as a big part of Wakefield Trinity’s history, regardless of whatever happens this year or years to come.”