Arona eyeing long-term stay – and trophy success – with Wakefield Trinity

This story first appeared in this Monday’s League Express. To ensure you get stories like this as soon as they’re published, why not open your digital subscription and have the paper delivered to your smart device every Sunday night? Tinirau Arona insists he has no plans to return home to Australia at the end of this season – and admits…

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SQUAD WATCH: All the team news for Friday’s five Super League games

Wakefield v Huddersfield (7:45pm, Sky Sports) Wakefield make three changes for Friday’s televised clash with Huddersfield. Out go the injured Kyle Wood, plus Reece Lyne and Justin Horo. In their place come Jordan Crowther, Joe Arundel and Keegan First. Giants coach Rick Stone makes one change to his 19-man squad for the game. Forward Adam Walne drops out due to…

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Chester insists he’s had no approaches over England role

Wakefield coach Chris Chester admits he was surprised to see Daryl Powell decide against a role in the England setup for now – but insists he has not been approached about a similar position. Powell rejected the opportunity to become assistant to Wayne Bennett, but insists he would be interested in taking a role in the national side staff in…

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Chester hopeful inside knowledge of Catalans hands Trinity edge in Perpignan

Wakefield coach Chris Chester says he is expecting the very best of Catalans Dragons on Saturday night – but admits he hopes their inside knowledge of Steve McNamara’s side hands them a slight edge. Trinity head to Perpignan looking to make it three wins from three at the start of the new Super League season, when they take on a…

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Johnstone NRL rumours “a load of rubbish”, says Chris Chester

Wakefield coach Chris Chester has rubbished speculation they have received approaches from NRL sides for winger Tom Johnstone. Reports in Australia had suggested at least one NRL side has made contact with Trinity about Johnstone, who is under contract with the club until the end of 2020. But Chester told League Express that is not the case. When asked if…

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Wakefield enjoying pressure of being favourites, insists Chester, ahead of Salford clash

Wakefield coach Chris Chester says his side are relishing, not dreading, the role of being favourites for games in 2018 as they aim to make it two from two at the start of the new season tonight. Trinity host Salford live on Sky Sports in Friday’s only Super League game this week – and just like last week against Hull…

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Hampshire hoping his return home can be the catalyst for a career revival

Ryan Hampshire believes the opportunity to join boyhood club Wakefield sooner than he ever expected could turn out to be the perfect catalyst to revive his career. Hampshire grew up on the terraces a diehard Trinity supporter with most of his family, but moved to Wigan as a teenager after signing professional terms with the Warriors. Yet after subsequent spells…

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SQUAD WATCH: All the team news for Friday’s Super League games

St Helens v Castleford (7:45pm, Sky Sports) Saints coach Justin Holbrook has a fully-fit squad to choose from for their opener against Castleford. That means a tough decision between Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, Matty Smith and Danny Richardson for the half-back slots. Young half-back Jake Trueman is included in Castleford’s squad. He is likely to be in a battle with…

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VIDEO: Fifita insists Wakefield can go one better in 2018 and make the top four

Wakefield Trinity prop David Fifita insists the club can go one better than in 2017 this season and make the top four – before revealing why he rejected offers from elsewhere to commit his long-term future to the club. Trinity came desperately close to reaching the play-off semi-finals last season, reaching fifth and only just missing out on the top…

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