Although it is not yet mathematically secure, Wakefield Trinity will be a Super League side in 2023.
It’s been a difficult year for the West Yorkshire side under Willie Poching, but now they can start building for next season.
However, it will be a massive rebuilding stage for Poching and the club with Wakefield expecting a number of key departures including David Fifita, Tinirau Arona, Jacob Miller, and Bill Tupou whilst the future of Josh Bowden and Jamie Shaul is still up in the air after loan moves from Hull FC.
With Fifita, Arona, Miller and Tupou leaving, it means four quota spots will be available going into 2023, though one of those has already been taken up Jorge Taufua as Tupou’s replacement.
However, three will still need to be filled with former Gold Coast Titans star Kevin Proctor previously linked with a move to Belle Vue.
That being said, Trinity are thought to have cooled their interest whilst others such as the Salford Red Devils and Hull FC are not thought to be interested despite being rumoured in Australian circles.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports pundit Jon Wilkin believed that Toulouse Olympique star Corey Norman would potentially stay in Super League if the likes of Wakefield or Hull KR put an offer in, though the playmaker’s future is still up in the air after being hit with an eight-match ban which seems him ruled out for the season.
Wakefield have had success in recent years with their NRL recruits with Mason Lino another one of those that has settled in seamlessly at Belle Vue alongside blockbusting forward Kelepi Tanginoa and superb talent Jai Whitbread with their recruitment able to identify gems for a low price.
If Trinity are wanting to stay in Super League beyond 2023 then more gems will need to be unearthed.