Wakefield Trinity reportedly set to ‘gamble’ on ‘six or seven’ Super League signings according to rugby league agent

It’s going to be a tough and busy off-season for Wakefield Trinity as they prepare for life in Super League in 2022.

At one point during the year it appeared as though Trinity’s stay in the top flight would be over, but, under Willie Poching, the West Yorkshire side galvanised themselves and have actually become one of the form sides in the competition.

Unfortunately, the ability to not secure their Super League status until late into the season has meant that Trinity are now behind in terms of recruitment with rival Super League clubs able to do a lot of business before Wakefield have even started.

However, leading rugby league agent Craig Harrison of Show Me The Money UK, believes that the World Cup will be Wakefield’s saviour in terms of picking up good players who have yet to be spotted.

“They’ve got to recruit in four or five weeks, so the World Cup has come at the right time for Wakefield,” Harrison said on The Full Eighty Minutes podcast.

“I think they are gambling to pick up six or seven players from the World Cup but I don’t know how many quota spots they have got left.”

Trinity have let the likes of David Fifita, Tinirau Arona and Jacob Miller go, with Harrison believing that it is going to be tough for Poching in 2023.

“Wakefield have got a hell of a job to recruit quick and get a team so they are not in the same position next year. That is going to be a tough gig.

“I can’t get my head around that young forward leaving (Yusuf Aydin) and losing (James) Batchelor to Hull KR. He’s been sensational.”

Trinity have yet to make a signing for 2023, though the in-form Jai Whitbread is expected to stay and the club are looking at extending Jamie Shaul’s deal at Belle Vue.