Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have received a double boost after tying two players to new contracts.
Current forward Chris Annakin has signed a new 12-month contract for 2016. The 24-year-old back rower, who is a product of the Wildcats’ academy system, was in the Wakefield team that beat Bradford in the £1million match last month to preserve their place in Super League.
Wakefield chairman Michael Carter said: “I am really pleased that we have managed to agree a new one-year deal with Chris. His display in the million-pound game was fantastic despite him not knowing at that time where his future was.”
And today the club confirmed that Ben Shulver, 22, has rejoined Wildcats on a two-year deal after a stint in the NRL.
The prop – another academy product – made his debut for Wildcats in the 66-6 fourth-round Challenge Cup victory over Hemel Stags in 2013.
“Wakefield Wildcats is like home to me,” said Shulver.
“I have been here since I was 15 going through the Scholarship and Academy and when I got the opportunity to come back, I jumped at the chance.”
Meanwhile, former Wakefield and Dewsbury hooker Matty Wildie, 24, has signed a 12-month contract with Featherstone Rovers, who have also resigned prop Andy Bostock following his recovery from a broken arm.