OLD FRIENDSHIPS will be put to one side during tomorrow’s million pound game.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats will battle Bradford Bulls at Belle Vue for the final place in Super League next year.
Super League contracts will be torn up if Wildcats are relegated and their ex-Castleford Tigers and Hull centre Joe Arundel is aware livelihoods are on the line.
Arundel played 12 games for Bradford during their relegation campaign last year and he said: “I see quite a few of their players every week and I’m good friends with quite a few of them.
“I have grown up with a lot of them, so it’s going to be an interesting game for me, but obviously I want to save my job and if that is at the expense of my mates, that’s what I’ve got to do.”
Wildcats cruised to a 48-18 victory when Bradford visited Belle Vue in the Super-8s less than two months ago, but Arundel insisted they aren’t expecting another one-sided contest this time.
“Obviously it’s going to be a tough game,” he said. “They had a bad result against Halifax last week, but they rested a few players with an eye on this week.
“They are going to be up for it and so are we.
“We are fighting for our livelihoods and that’s what it comes down to.”
Hooker Scott Moore, who was ruled out for the season when he suffered a ruptured biceps in training in August, is a shock inclusion in Wildcats’ squad for tomorrow.
Knee injury victim Scott Anderson has been ruled out and Ben Kavanagh dropped from the team which lost at Sheffield Eagles last week, with Anthony Mullally, Jordan Tansey and Anthony Walker coming back into contention.
Meanwhile, Wakefield have sacked Australian scrum-half Tim Smith, chairman Michael Carter has confirmed.
The 30-year-old former Wigan and Salford player, who had two months left on his contract, has been dismissed for gross misconduct.
The move follows Smith’s appearance at Beverley Magistrates Court on Wednesday when he was banned from driving for 28 months and fined £900 after admitting failing to provide a specimen following a car crash in Hull last month.
He was also fined £600 for careless driving.
“A letter was sent to him and his lawyer saying we were dismissing him for gross misconduct and bringing the club into disrepute,” Carter said.