Wakefield Trinity winger “in discussions” as Super League transfer looms

Following relegation from the Betfred Super League, there was lots of speculation surrounding which players at Wakefield Trinity would be leaving including winger Lee Kershaw.

The fast and elusive winger has been linked with a number of Super League clubs following the club’s relegation. One club who have been interested in Kershaw is Leeds Rhinos Serious About Rugby League can confirm. They recently lost the services of fullback Richie Myler.

The Rhinos could also lose Derrell Olpherts though Serious About Rugby League revealed that he turned down a move to Leigh Leopards.

Either way, Kershaw could still make the move to Super League with discussions being had between Kershaw and Wakefield about his future as revealed by Daryl Powell on BBC Radio Leeds.

Powell said: “Lee Kershaw, we’re still in discussions internally about where we go with that one. I think Tom Lineham has been announced that he’s leaving but Lee we’re still discussing.”

Lineham has left and Kershaw’s future has been called into further question with Wakefield signing both England veteran Jermaine McGillvary and the brilliant Lachlan Walmsley from the Halifax Panthers for next year.

Both statement signings but they raise the question about Kershaw’s future. Wakefield have already lost one of their key players to a Super League rival after lengthy discussions with Hull KR signing Kelepi Tanginoa to replace Kane Linnett.

New owner Matthew Ellis explained: “Yeah, both myself and Daryl wanted Kelepi to stay. We both sat down with Kelepi separately and had a conversation with him. Kelepi’s a great guy, he was pretty relaxed about it; but when we tried to negotiate with his agent, it wasn’t as easy going, but probably the horse had already bolted on that one.

“I don’t think we’ve lost him to Hull for financial reasons, because we-myself and Daryl-we saw him as a key player if we could have kept him, so we haven’t lost him for financial reasons. I think he’d already pretty much settled on a move, that’s the impression I got.”

Hull KR had already signed Jai Whitbread from Wakefield who followed the likes of James Batchelor and Yusuf Aydin to Craven Park.