Wakefield Wildcats sign former Leeds Rhinos ace Ben Jones-Bishop from Salford Red Devils

Former Leeds Rhinos winger/full-back Ben Jones-Bishop has become Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ third signing of the week.

Thursday, 5th November 2015, 10:13 am
Leeds Rhinos v Salford Super league Easter Mon 21st april 2014 Ben Jones-Bishop makes a good run for Zak Hardaker to score

The 27-year-old has joined Wildcats from Salford Red Devils on a one-year contract and boss Brian Smith believes he will add pace and finishing power to Wakefield’s backline.

He scored 56 tries in 83 appearances for Rhinos from 2008-2014, touched down 11 times in 18 games on loan for Harlequins in 2010 and crossed 16 times during 25 matches for Salford this year.

Jones-Bishop - who follows ex-Australian international Anthony Tupou and Cook Islands forward Tinirau Arona to Wildcats - said: “I am very excited about the challenge that lies ahead at Wakefield and playing a role in helping the club build for the future.

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“I am looking forward to playing alongside my teammates, but I am also looking forward to developing and improving areas of my game working under Brian Smith.”

Smith described Jones-Bishop’s signing as “another highlight of our preparations for progress in Super League in 2016”.

He added: “Young, fast and coming back home to West Yorkshire add a great feel to the qualities Ben will bring to our team.

“The try scoring and try saving potential through his speed and anticipation is an exciting prospect for all in the Wildcats army.

“Personally, I can’t wait to start working on the attacking combinations for Ben with players like Anthony Tupou with his offloads, Jacob Miller’s stepping breaks and the crafty passes and kicks of Liam Finn.

“This latest addition of talent and speed continues the Wildcats’ growth for the huge season ahead.”