Wakefield Trinity set to give ex-Toronto Wolfpack duo a debut against Wigan Warriors

Lockdown recruits Liam Kay and Tony Gigot will both feature for Wakefield Trinity against Wigan Warriors on Sunday, coach Chris Chester says.

By Peter Smith
Thursday, 6th August 2020, 4:47 pm
Liam Kay scored Toronto's first Super League try, against Castleford at Headingley in February. Picture by Tony Johnson.
Liam Kay scored Toronto's first Super League try, against Castleford at Headingley in February. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Leeds-born winger Kay began his career with Trinity, had a spell at Leigh Centurions and rejoined Wakefield last month from Toronto Wolfpack.

Full-back Gigot, a former Lance Todd Trophy winner, spent most of his career with Catalans Dragons, but joined Toronto this season as a trialist before moving to Trinity in July.

Chester confirmed: “They both will be featuring - they have both fitted in really well.”

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Trinity’s staff and players have taken pay cuts during the coronavirus crisis, but Chester stressed Kay is being paid by Toronto until the end of this season and there was room on Wakefield’s salary cap for Gigot.

“A lot’s been said on social media and in the press with regards to bringing players in when players and staff have had cuts,” the Wakefield boss added.

“But both those guys have been brought in cost-neutral. There’s been no extra cost to the club or to the players and the staff.

“To bring two players of that quality in, in these tough circumstances, is a credit to the people who run the club and a big boost.”

Tony Gigot, right, had a spell with Toronto before lockdown and has now joined Wakefield.

Prop Yusuf Aydin, 19, will also be included in this week’s initial 21-man squad, Chester revealed. He said: ”He got an opportunity in pre-season and has been training really well.

“I like what I see with him and he is going to get some opportunities, along with people like Connor Bailey and Jack Croft as well.”

Chester said “knocks” in training have ruled forwards Matty Ashurst (hamstring) and Jordan Crowther (dead leg/hamstring) out of this weekend’s game.

“We aren’t willing to risk anybody who doesn’t need to be on the field,” he added.

Youngster Jack Croft scored on his Trinity debut against St Helens last year. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

“We are still missing Joe Arundel and Danny Brough, but barring those guys we are pretty much where we expected to be.”

Meanwhile, Trinity’s Coral Challenge Cup sixth round tie against Catalans, at Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday, August 22, will kick off at 5pm.

The behind closed doors tie will be broadcast on BBC 2.

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