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Wakefield Trinity sign Kiwi forward as transformation continues

Wakefield Trinity are building a squad to be feared in Championship and that’s continued today with the announcement that 24-year-old prop Caleb Uele will be headed to Belle Vue for 2024.

The club are in a transformative phase under their new ownership, engaging massively with their fans and building a squad that looks the business on paper.

Uele is the latest of these signings an adds size to the Trinity pack with the team confirming his arrival via a club statement.

“Wakefield Trinity is delighted to announce the signing of New Zealand prop forward Caleb Uele.

“The 24-year-old, Auckland-born, middle stands at 6’3” tall and weighs in at 115kgs. He has signed an initial one-year deal for 2024 with the option of a second year.

“He came through the ranks at Glenora and represented New Zealand Under 18’s at international level. He continued his career in the NZRL National Premiership based in Auckland until moving to Sydney in 2022.

“He joined his brother Braden, who was playing first grade in the NRL. Caleb’s outstanding performances in the NSW cup over the last 2 seasons playing 37 games and scoring 8 tries for the Newtown Jets has brought him to the fringes of the NRL with the Cronulla Sharks.”

Head Coach, Daryl Powel said: ‘Caleb is a big, physical front rower who we feel is a perfect fit for what we need in our middle unit for next season. Having spoken to him, he is driven to be the very best he can be, which is what I want from every player at the club. He has great leg-speed for a big man and is also a physical front foot defender. I am looking forward to getting him to the UK quickly so he can get stuck into our pre-season.’

“His aggressive power-packed running style of play and solid defence are sure to make him a popular figure at Belle Vue in the coming seasons.”

The signing comes just 12 hours after the announcement that the club had reached an impressive mark of 4,500 season ticket sales, something that was confirmed alongside a letter from the club owner Matt Ellis to the fans.

It read: “Good evening, everyone. I would like to thank you all for the overwhelming support you have shown in purchasing your season tickets. I think we have proved to the Rugby League world that we are still a major club with a great tradition, some would say a sleeping giant, and after the response this week, I can totally agree with that sentiment. The potential to keep growing is huge and exciting.

“We have sold just over 4,500 season tickets, the breakdown of which, as of earlier today, was 3,023 adult tickets and 1,514 junior tickets. Both of these numbers are massively up from the year before. The figures last year were 653 adult tickets and 930 junior tickets, plus 250 concessions.

“Overall, there was a year-on-year increase of 148%. Adult tickets have increased proportionally more than Junior tickets with the new model. With pride but frustration, we had to close season ticket sales for the North Stand due to maximum capacity levels being met.”

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