Wakefield/Featherstone: Wildcats tie up two forwards’ contracts as Rovers swoop for ex-Cat Wildie

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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.