Wakefield Trinity continue rebuild with signing of Cronulla Sharks forward

Wakefield Trinity have shown major ambition under their new ownership and that’s continued with the club announcing the signing of Toby Boothroyd from Cronulla Sharks.

Boothroyd, aged 20, joins from the Sharks and will look to line up in Trinity’s second-row whilst also offering versatility at prop given his commanding 6’2″ frame. It marks yet another sign of ambition exemplified in the early stages of Matt Ellis’ ownership of the club.

Trinity confirmed Boothroyd’s signing via their website, a statement reading: “Wakefield Trinity is set to welcome a new talent to the field with the signing of Toby Boothroyd, the formidable 20-year-old back rower from the NRL Cronulla Sharks.

“A product of NRL development, Toby has grown from a promising teen at St George Illawarra Dragons to a robust force at Cronulla, honing his skills over three solid seasons. Standing at 6’2” and weighing in at 101kgs, Boothroyd brings a powerful blend of youth and agility to Trinity.

“Known for his versatility to dominate both as a prop and in the back row, Toby’s smart play and resilience have marked him as one to watch. With a clear vision for his new chapter at Wakefield, Toby is buzzing to prove his prowess to the fans and be part of what promises to be a triumphant phase for the club.”

Dipping into the NRL market highlights the new era under Ellis who has already appointed Daryl Powell as head coach, with the former Warrington Wolves and Castleford Tigers man having assembled his own coaching staff including former Tigers’ captain Michael Shenton.

Powell spoke on the signing of Boothroyd stating: “We are working hard to sign overseas players who will drive us forward for years to come. This takes a lot of work to unearth young quality players in Australia and New Zealand. Toby is one of those players. He is smart and tough with a great engine. His ability to play at prop and back row is a great strength and He is driven to get over here and prove how good he can be to the trinity fans. I am confident they will love his work ethic and tough effort in the middle of the field.”

Boothroyd himself added: “I’m really excited to be part of the new direction with the change in ownership and the completely new coaching and support staff. There is so much belief and investment in ensuring the club gets back to the Super League. I chose Wakefield because I feel I’m going to be there at the start of a very successful time both on and off the field.”

Boothroyd’s arrival marks the end of a successful week for Trinity that has seen the signing of former Huddersfield Giants and England star Jermaine McGillvary, whilst prop Renouf Atoni has also committed his future to the club.