Arundel signs new Trinity deal as Burgess given time off to ponder his future

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Centre Joe Arundel has signed a new two-year contract which will keep him at Wakefield until 2017.

The 24-year-old, who began his career at Castleford, joined the Wildcats in February following his release by Hull FC and went on to score four tries in 24 appearances as Wakefield retained their Super League status.

“Joe Arundel provided a solid stability throughout the latter part of last season,” said Wildcats head coach Brian Smith.

“We are keen to see how the physical development of a big off-season working on skills and his time in the gym pays off for big Joe.”

Arundel said: “I am very pleased to have signed a new deal; it is an exciting time to be at the club.”

Bath have given their England World Cup centre Sam Burgess time off to consider his rugby future – and a possible return to league.

Burgess has not played for Bath since England made a World Cup pool stage exit earlier this month.

Although it is understood he is due to resume training with the Aviva Premiership club next Monday, a possible league return has been mooted. No-one at Bath was available to comment.

Reports in Australia have suggested that 26-year-old Burgess could return to South Sydney Rabbitohs, the club he helped to last year’s NRL title before switching codes and officially joining Bath a year ago.

Despite his limited union experience, Burgess was then picked for England’s World Cup squad – but as a centre, rather than the flanker role he filled for Bath during the latter stages of last season, culminating in a Premiership final appearance against Saracens at Twickenham.

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