Wakefield winger Kyle Evans made his international debut for Wales in the World Cup against Tonga – but still remains without a contract for 2023.
Wales head coach John Kear praised the 32-year-old following his side’s 32-6 defeat, having only made the code switch to rugby league earlier this year.
Evans joined Wakefield midway through the 2022 Super League campaign after impressing on trial. The winger had previously trained with both Hull and Leeds, eventually getting his shot under then-Wakefield boss Willie Poching.
He made his international debut for the Dragons on Monday against big-hitters Tonga, scoring the side’s only try at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
His performance impressed boss Kear, who shared his disbelief that the winger still remains without a club for next season.
“I thought he carried the ball great. His high ball reception was really good and the try he scored was a cracker,” Kear said on Evans.
“He can be very pleased and happy. I don’t know whether Wakefield have offered him another deal, but I can’t understand why he hasn’t got a deal somewhere because he’s a good player.”
Kyle Evans fighting for new contract
Evans started his career in rugby union, featuring for Llanelli in the Welsh Premiership, scoring 27 tries in 57 appearances.
He also featured for Moseley, Merthyr and Doncaster Knights before wanting to make the code switch. Now, the winger says he is fighting for another contract, with the World Cup his chance to shine on the international stage.
“I’m basically unemployed after this camp,” Evans told Love Rugby League.
“It’s another thing to fight for. If I play well and get out there, hopefully something can come out of it.
“Rugby league is where I want to be. I still want to play and I’m still hungry for it.”