Wakefield Trinity’s breakout star holds high hopes for 2023

Lewis Murphy was one of the stories of the season in 2022 with the talented winger bursting onto the scene for Wakefield Trinity and taking the league by storm.

The 20-year-old tallied 17 tries in a Trinity side that were tipped to struggle but eventually placed 10th, ahead of the likes of Warrington, and having secured victories in five of their last seven including against St Helens and Wigan Warriors.

Murphy scored four in the Saints victory and also crossed over against Wigan highlighting his class and he’ll carry that into 2023 with plenty of pressure on, given that star winger Tom Johnstone has left for Catalans Dragons.

Speaking to the Sportsman Rugby League Youtube channel Murphy explained what life will be like in 2023 under Super League’s youngest head coach, Mark Applegarth.

“I just love playing the game, you realise how much you miss it when you’re not playing so I’m just really looking forward to the season.

“The mood is good, it’s a good vibe. Everyone is trying to learn off each other and it feels good. We’re just looking forward to the season and for me there’s no excuse now. I’ve had my first season and I’ve got a bar that I’ve set and I need to get up there again and try my hardest to do it.”

Wakefield have recruited minimally, which las led bookmakers to price them  as favourites for the drop, but the signings they’ve made have impressed in pre-season so far.

NRL import Renouf Atoni has looked particularly good whilst former Championship star Morgan Smith has great teachers in Mason Lino and Lee Gaskell.

On the 2023 aims, Murphy stated: “We haven’t spoke about it in detail yet but in my mind and everyone else’s mind we want to be pushing for playoffs definitely.”

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