Wakefield Trinity in 'really good spot' with six weeks to go until Super League kick-off - thanks to help from Championship neighbours Dewsbury Rams

Coach Chris Chester says Wakefield Trinity are in a “really good spot” after five full weeks of pre-season training.

By Peter Smith
Tuesday, 9th February 2021, 11:45 am
Wakefield Trinity coach Chris Chester. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Wakefield Trinity coach Chris Chester. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Trinity finished second from bottom in Betfred Super League last year, but Chester - who has added Andy Last and Willie Poching to his backroom staff - insisted there is a positive feeling around the club.

“It is a different group to the one we had 12 months ago, different staff and different ideas and there’s a real freshness to the group,” Chester said.

“I am really enjoying spending time not just with the players, but also the staff and just talking rugby.

“They are long days, because we are working in small groups because of Covid - we have still got those strict protocols - but they are good days.”

The new season starts on March 25 and Chester stressed: “Culture has been the priority, making sure that’s right.

“I think we are in a really good spot, but the proof’s in the pudding.

“We will know where we’re at after the first game back.

“The signs are good and I am really enjoying working with the new players and staff.”

Trinity have been training on Championship neighbours Dewsbury Rams’ all-weather pitch and Chester said: “We’ve only missed one session since we came back on January 4, last week when we had to call training off because of bad snow.

“It has not been disruptive, it has been enjoyable and tough, but every coach is saying the same things at this time of year.”

Chester also reported a near clean bill of health among his players.

There have been no new coronavirus cases and he said: “We’ve got everybody in.

“Some are modified training, but we are fortunate we’ve not had any operations at the end of last year.

“We’ve picked up a few strains, a couple of calf issues and a couple of hamstrings, but I think that’s through training on the 4g.

“We’ve not quite built up a tolerance of that yet, we have picked up a few niggles here and there, but nothing that’s going to keep them out for an extended amount of training.”