Wakefield have signed promising Zimbabwean-born prop Titus Tendei Gwaze a one-year contract.
The 19-year-old is a product of the Halifax Elite Rugby Academy who play in the National Premier League in the college competition.
Gwaze first caught the eye of Trinity head of youth Mark Applegarth a year ago when Wakefield’s Category 3 side came up against the prop forward and Gwaze has shown commitment to Trinity ever since.
Applegarth said: “We played Halifax in a league game with our Cat 3 team and this kid from Halifax ran the ball in like a cannon ball all game long and tackled anything that moved.
“I asked his coaches if he was attached to anywhere and they said no so I invited him down to training for six weeks, so we could have a closer look at him. The thing that stands out about Titus is his desire to improve every session and obviously how he plays the game.
“He runs in at 100mph every carry and works hard for 80 mins. He’s done in tough and trained for six months off his own back whilst we got the relevant paperwork sorted, I’m really pleased for him to be given this opportunity and the hard work starts now.
“His first challenge will be adapting to a first team environment and then trying to impress the coaching staff and get an opportunity to play Super League, it’s a challenge I know Titus is relishing and I know he will give it everything he has got.”