Wakefield coach James Webster is desperately hoping a permanent deal for Tim Smith can be tied up after the scrum-half helped destroy his parent club to keep alive the Wildcats’ slender Super League play-off hopes.
The 29-year-old Australian, who joined Wakefield from Salford on loan in June, was allowed to line up against his paymasters and repaid their generosity with a hand in five of his side’s eight tries to condemn the Red Devils to a 42-6 defeat and finally end their top-eight bid.
“Tim was outstanding,” Webster said. “He is the heart and soul of our side and, when he’s the main man, he just creates so much space and time in our team. It’s no coincidence that we’ve improved a lot since Tim came. We did some good business by getting Tim when we did and hopefully that can continue
“Salford haven’t said ‘no’. I know Tim would like to stay.”