Wakefield Trinity endured a rollercoaster 2023 season but one in which they were ultimately relegated from Super League despite the best efforts of fans, players and coaching staff, however they’re now in a new era with new ownership and a new head coach.
Not only is it all new at Wakefield, we’re now set to approach the IMG era of rugby league which sees clubs earn their place in Super League based on grading.
With yesterday’s preliminary gradings the Trin would actually be in Super League and 2024 offers them to chance to earn more points as Championship winners than those teams that finished 11th and 12th in Super League.
They’ve now continued their impressive rebuild that has seen Matt Ellis take sole ownership of the club, whilst former Warrington Wolves and Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has been appointed as head coach on a four year deal.
Yesterday Trinity confirmed the signing of Wigan Warriors centre Iain Thornley and now today they’ve announced the re-signing of Josh Bowden.
The club confirmed the news via a statement published to their website.
“Wakefield Trinity is proud to announce the re-signing of the seasoned rugby league footballer, Josh Bowden, for the 2024 season.
“This move reinforces the club’s commitment to building a strong team as they gear up for the challenges ahead. Hailing from Beverley Josh Bowden is a notable name in the rugby world.
“With a background that boasts a successful stint with Hull F.C., Bowden has showcased his skills as a prop or loose forward and brought significant accolades to his teams. Notably, Bowden played a pivotal role in the 2016 and 2017 Challenge Cup Final victories for Hull F.C. at the iconic Wembley Stadium.
“He continued to shine in the 2020 Super League season, proving his mettle during the club’s semi-final clash against Wigan. Bowden’s journey with Wakefield Trinity began midway through the 2022 season when he signed a two-year deal. His passion for the club and commitment to its legacy was evident when he voiced his aspirations to uplift the ‘famous little Yorkshire club’ in the Super League.”
Head Coach Daryl Powell said: “Josh Bowden is a really experienced middle unit player with great go forward and he’s a solid defender. I’m really looking forward to working with him next season as a foundation player in our pack.”
The statement ended with a promise to the fans of an exciting journey as well as a ‘quest for success’.
“With experienced players like him on board, Wakefield Trinity is all set to regroup, rebuild and make a strong comeback. Bowden’s continuation with Wakefield for the 2023 season promises fans an exciting journey, with the prop forward’s experience, resilience, and determination at the forefront of the team’s quest for success.”