Wakefield Trinity sign former NRL forward

Wakefield Trinity have announce the signing of Jai Whitbread.

Whitbread joins the club from Leigh Centurions ahead of the 2022 Betfred Super League season and has signed a one-year deal at Trinity with the option for a second.

The prop-forward featured 30 times for Gold Coast Titans in the NRL prior to his move to Super League at the back end of 2021.

At 23-year-old, Whitbread has his prime years ahead of him as a prop-forward and will bolster Trinity’s options in the middle of the park.

Speaking on his move to Trinity, Whitbread said: “It’s been unreal so far – the lads have been very welcoming and I’m enjoying being in training.

“My time at Leigh has given me an insight into what I can expect playing in Super League and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a high-paced game, there are plenty of offloads and the ball is always in play. It’s a really enjoyable brand of footy to play and watch, so I’m just ready to get ripped in now and can’t wait for it.”

Trinity Head Coach Willie Poching added: “It’s not often you get someone of Jai’s NRL experience and age on our doorstep.

“So, when the chance came to meet and speak to him, I was taken by his demeanour, size and his will to keep developing and have a big impact on our team and club. He is a good young man, who as a player has a great skill set for a big fella, and he will complement and enhance the style we want to implement next season.”

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