Wakefield Trinity 2018 Preview

Wakefield had another strong year in 2017, plenty of tries, some strong showings against teams that would finish up in the top 4. On an individual basis, Wakefield players stood out, Liam Finn finishing up as the top assister in Super League, Tom Johnstone had a fantastic season until his ACL injury, Tyler Randell was looking very good until also picking up an injury.

With the wealth of talent returning for Trinity, combined with their new signings, 2018 could be the year Wakefield crack the top 4.

New Boys: Pauli Pauli, Jordan Baldwinson, Ryan Hampshire, Justin Horo.

Losses: Mitchell Allgood, Ashley Gibson, Adam Walker, Sam Williams.

The biggest loss to Wakefield's ranks is Sam Williams, the crafty halfback complimented Liam Finn's play style perfectly, making them a dangerous and creative duo in the middle, the responsibility of recreating this will fall on Jacob Miller.

Pauli Pauli joins Wakefield from the Newcastle Knights, if Trinity can keep him fit, then watch out for this wrecking ball. Former Leeds Rhinos forward and England academy captain, Jordan Baldwinson, is their only other signing, I feel Leeds never truly got the best out of him, his lack of game time due to the amount of forwards on the Rhinos roster, left him unable to break into the squad,if Wakefield give him time they can definitely take him to the next level.

If Wakefield can avoid serious injuries this season, I see absolutely no reason why they wouldn't finish at least 5th by the end of the regular season, Wakefield as a club has grown and grown from the side that faced the million pound game not so long ago, improving their campaign year after year. With that in mind, I'm going to take a gamble and say that Wakefield take a spot in the top 4 this year.



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