Wakefield Trinity captain signs new deal to take him into testimonial year: ‘He has been an outstanding servant’

Drew Darbyshire
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Wakefield Trinity captain Matty Ashurst has signed a new one-year deal with the Super League club that will take him into his testimonial year.

The 33-year-old forward will enter his 10th season with Wakefield in 2024, having made 192 appearances for the club since arriving from Salford ahead of the 2015 season.

On Ashurst’s new deal, Wakefield coach Mark Applegarth commented: “I am delighted that Matty has signed up for another year, which leads him into his 10th and testimonial year with the club.

“He has been an outstanding servant to Wakefield Trinity.

“He gives his all every week and I am really pleased that he will be around for another 12 months.”

Matty Ashurst ‘pleased’ to extend Wakefield Trinity stay

Ashurst came through the ranks at St Helens, playing 60 games in the Red V between 2009-11 before joining Salford.

The Wigan-born forward spent three seasons at Salford before his move to Belle Vue, playing 75 games for the Red Devils.

But it’s fair to say the Lancastrian has found a home from home at Belle Vue, where he has played almost 200 games and is a firm fan favourite.

On his contract extension, Ashurst said: “I’m really pleased to get the deal done and to be staying at Wakefield.

“I’ve been at the club a long time and I’ve always enjoyed my time playing here, so to get another year sorted which means I can just focus on playing rugby and the big end to the season is great.

“I’ve always enjoyed my time here since I first came to Wakefield all those years ago.

“The club is full of great people and the fans have always made me feel at home, so it was an easy decision for me really.

“I’m also excited to be a part of the start of what is going to be a new beginning for the club.”

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