Chester wants Battye to stay

Wakefield Trinity are hoping to make Eddie Battye’s stay with the club a permanent one.

League Express understands Trinity coach Chris Chester is keen to keep the London Broncos prop after his impressive performances during a loan spell with the club.

Battye is under contract with the Broncos next year.

But with Trinity looking to shuffle their squad ahead of 2021, it’s believed Wakefield could propose a swap deal to ensure they get their man.

Meanwhile their pursuit of Sam Williams remains ongoing, while Chester is keen to keep Kelepi Tanginoa, who has been one of his star performers in a challenging year.

“I just think he’s a real important team player that we need to build a team around,” said Chester.

“We will fight tooth and nail to make that happen. A lot of clubs are probably sniffing around him, but he is loving life at Wakefield Trinity as is his family, and we’re hopeful we can get something sorted long-term and built a team around him. And a halfback is a very close second.”

Chester is hoping to recharge the batteries after a hectic period that has challenged Wakefield since the season restarted.

“I’ll be having a break, I’ll have my phone on and we’ll be doing some work Monday but it’s time now for me to assess, reflect and look at the things I could have done better during the year. And just get some good quality downtime with the family. I’ve bought a dog and that’s going to take up most of my time.

“The kids and the family suffer as much as I do and I think the biggest lesson, and I can’t quite get it right, is stopping taking my work home with me.”

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