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Wakefield Trinity make surprising signing of rugby union winger

Wakefield Trinity have made a new signing following the demolition by the Salford Red Devils at the weekend.

Welsh winger Kyle Evans has signed for the club until the end of the season.

Evans, 30, has impressed whilst on trial in recent weeks, crossing for several tries in Reserves fixtures.

The winger has been plying his trade in Rugby Union, most recently with Doncaster Knights, but a career in Rugby League has always appealed to him and he has had trials with Hull FC and Leeds Rhinos in the past.

Speaking about the opportunity presented to him, Evans said: “This opportunity is massive to me. I’ve sacrificed quite a lot in Rugby for so little and this is an absolutely massive opportunity for me.

“When at Doncaster Knights I met Franny who got me a trial at Leeds. Unfortunately, Covid cut that short and that opportunity went out of the window.

“To be here now is a real honour for me and I’m over the moon.”

Trinity Head Coach, Willie Poching, added: “Kyle came in on the advice of our Assistant Coach, Franny Cummins, who worked with him at Doncaster RU on the recommendation that, whilst Kyle was a Rugby Union player, for all intense and purposes , he was a Rugby League player who had never played the game.

“He has been to Hull FC and had a trial there and at Leeds just before Covid. The opportunity came to bring him in to have a look at. From the first day, we could see what Franny meant about him being a Rugby League player, with the intent that he trains with and how he works at 100 miles per hour every day.

“He’s picked up every little tip that we’ve given him and taken his opportunity with both hands. We see a lot of growth in Kyle and an opportunity to fine-tune and bring out the RL player in him.

“Hopefully between now and the end of the season we can bring as much of that out as possible and help him progress. He’s a fantastic kid and a wonderful athlete, with the appetite to learn and get better.”

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