Wakefield Trinity man takes on new squad number as star players continue to go without

Liam Kay has moved up from the number 19 jersey to the number 15 jersey in 2023.

The winger, who has developed into an option at hooker for Trinity, seems close to the starting 13 now perhaps because of his versatility and his ability to cover a key role.

It means that the likes of new signings Samisoni Langi, Morgan Smith, Renouf Atoni – who arrived yesterday – and of course star signing Kevin Proctor continue to go without squad numbers.

Trinity will have Max Jowitt wearing number one, Jorge Taufua at two with Tom Lineham beating star youngster Lewis Murphy to the number five shirt.

Ex-Leeds Rhinos man Corey Hall takes three with Reece Lyne, the former Hull FC centre who is celebrating a testimonial, keeps four with new signing Samisoni Langi overlooked.

Speaking of overlooking new signings, Morgan Smith missed out on six with former Huddersfield Giants halfback Lee Gaskell taking on six having worn 17 last year.

Mason Lino has kept seven whilst Eddie Battye was yesterday confirmed as keeping the number eight also ahead of Atoni.

Battye took on the eight shirt left by David Fifita who in his last season moved back to 35 last year.

Battye will now keep it again in 2023 as Atoni’s shirt number remains unclear with Jai Whitbread taking Tinirau Arona’s number 10 in 2023.

Liam Hood has kept nine. Ashurst has kept 11 with Kelepi Tanginoa still at 12 and Jay Pitts at 13 all of whom have beaten new signing Kevin Proctor to their respective squad numbers.

Jordy Crowther has also kept 14.

No new signing has yet had their squad number confirmed.

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