Wakefield make third signing of the day as back-rower pens loan deal

Drew Darbyshire
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Wakefield have confirmed the re-signing of forward Sam Hewitt from fellow Super League club Huddersfield on a two-week loan deal.

The 24-year-old, who came through Huddersfield’s academy, spent time on loan at Belle Vue earlier this season, making five appearances for Trinity.

Hewitt will now return to Mark Applegarth’s side for their upcoming fixtures against Leigh and Leeds.

Giants managing director Richard Thewlis said: “As Ian (Watson) has alluded to in his weekly press briefings loan opportunities may arise during the course of the year that we feel are beneficial for all concerned and this is one such occasion.

“Sam will gain Betfred Super League game time for a couple of weeks with Wakefield and I am sure he will be a huge asset to them, after which we’ll review the situation and see where all parties are.”

Wakefield make moves for former Catalans duo and Sam Hewitt

Wakefield have signed former Catalans winger Romain Franco and prop Hugo Salabio on a month’s trial.

Franco, 24, has been playing for the Dragons reserve team St Esteve in the French Elite Championship, which came to a climax at the weekend with Limoux beating Carcassonne in the Grand Final.

He made seven appearances in Super League, the last of which was at full back in a 48-4 defeat to Wigan back in September.

On his debut in August 2021, he scored a try as Catalans won 23-16 away at Hull KR.

At a representative level, Franco has played twice for Spain and featured for France B in their defeat to England Knights last autumn.

Back in March, he expressed his desire to play at the top level. Franco said: “As an individual, my goal is to stay at the top level, so I continue to work hard for that, whether in bodybuilding or on the pitch, so I’m not closing the door either to the Dragons or to a possible departure to England.”

He now has a chance to prove himself at Wakefield, who sit rooted to the bottom of the Super League table after losing every game in 2023 so far.

Salabio made his sole Super League appearance for Catalans in the defeat to Wigan in September, and also featured twice for Toulouse in the Championship in 2021.

He too has been playing in the French Elite Championship with St Esteve and Pia Donkeys.

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