Wakefield Trinity have continued to build their squad depth ahead pf this years Super League with the addition of the talented and versatile Ryan Hampshire from relegated side Leigh Centurions! The 22 year old has been signed as competition for the halve back positions following the loss of Sam Williams to NRL side Canberra Raiders however, he can play in any of the positions along the back line and has some experience playing at hooker during his 60 pervious league appearances for Wigan, Castleford and Leigh.
Hampshire, who grow up close to Bell Vue Stadium in Normanton and supported Wakefield growing up, has signed a one year deal as he prepares to start pre season and fight for one of the starting shirts was welcomed by head coach Chris Chester who stated
“It has taken some work to get there,” head coach Chris Chester said.
“Ryan certainly gives us some genuine competition in the halves with Liam Finn, Milky [Jacob Miller] and also Kyle Wood.”
While the player himself is looking forward to fulfilling his childhood dream and told reporters
“I am really excited to be able to represent the club that I have followed since I was a young boy, and it has come a lot earlier than expected,” he added.
In other transfer news Widnes have added to their recent capture of Papua New Guinea international 2nd row forward Kato Ottio, with the announcement that they have signed his PNG team mate Prop Forward Wellington Albert from PNG Hunters club. The 23 year old was also part of the PNG squad that did so well at the recent World cup and will be looking to use his size and strength to rattle super league defences in the same way.