GRAND FINAL-WINNING back Lee Smith could become the latest player to leave Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
The Yorkshire Evening Post understands Smith – who was a try-scoring member of Leeds Rhinos’ triumphant Old Trafford teams in 2007, 2008 and 2009, is wanted by Newcastle Rugby Union Club.
Smith, 27, had a previous spell in the 15-a-side code at London Wasps in 2009-10, but played only one senior game and returned to league with Leeds after less than a year.
He joined Wakefield on loan in 2012 before signing a permanent deal after Rhinos agreed to cut-short his contract.
Smith played in a different position – wing, full-back and centre – in each of his Grand Final appearances and has also filled in at stand-off for Wildcats.
If Smith leaves, Bradford’s Australian stand-off Jarrod Sammut is a possible replacement. Cash-strapped Bulls have told rival clubs they will listen to offers for any of their senior players.
Meanwhile, Wildcats coach Richard Agar is hoping to arrange an extra trial game the weekend before his side’s First Utility Super League opener away to Salford Red Devils on Sunday, February 16, after last week’s clash with Huddersfield Giants was washed out.
Wildcats will field all their available first-team players in Sunday’s warm-up match at Hunslet Hawks.