Batchelor set to make Wakefield debut

England Academy star James Batchelor is set to make his Wakefield debut in Sunday’s trip to Warrington.

The teenager, who came through the club’s academy system, signed a four-year deal to stay at the club shortly after Chris Chester joined the club in April.

With Wakefield struggling through injury, the Wildcats chief has decided to hand the back-rower his first opportunity in first-grade, having just returned from Australia following the England Academy’s Test series defeat to Australia Schoolboys.

Elsewhere, Chester will welcome back two more key men for the game against Warrington at the weekend.

“We’ve got Ben Jones-Bishop back alongside Jonny Molloy,” Chester told TotalRL. “Scott Anderson still isn’t right with his back but it’s slowly settling down.

“We’ll make a decision on Bill Tupou on Saturday; he’s not confident but you’ve got to be careful with hamstring injuries that they might go again. We’ll be led by Bill on Saturday morning.

“I’m going to give young James a go this week. He’s been out on tour with England Academy and had he not been in Australia he’d have played a few more games than this one.

“It’s a good opportunity to blood some more youngsters from the Academy over the last six weeks.”

Chester also confirmed fellow Academy prospect Judah Mazive will get another opportunity against the Wolves, saying “he deserves a chance” following a daunting debut against Wigan last week.