Young Wildcat signs new deal


Wakefield have strengthened their three-quarter options with Aaron Murphy signing a new two-year contract to keep him at the club until the end of 2011.

After being snapped up by the Wildcats in 2008 from Leeds Rhinos, 20-year old Murphy has made 13 Super League appearances and scored 5 tries for the club.

Murphy has also represented Yorkshire and England as a junior.

Comfortable at both full-back and on the wing, Murphy is tipped for a bright future by his coach John Kear.

“Aaron is another player who has been unfortunate with injuries during his time at the club but whenever he has been called upon he has always given strong performances.”

Kear continued: “He is still only 20 but he has been around our first team squad for a while now and I think he will continue to get better and better with the more exposure he gets to Super League.”

Murphy is keen to continue his development with the club and believes he is at the right place to help fulfil his potential with the club’s track record of giving home grown talent their chance at the top level.

“Wakefield gave me my chance and there’s young players coming through like Dale Ferguson and Sean Gleeson which is encouraging to see,” said Murphy

“The wingers at the club have all been frustrated with injuries this year but we’re all going to be fresh and ready to go for next season so there will be competition for places which will keep everyone on their toes.”

Murphy added: “We’ve got some experienced heads coming in and there’s the young lads that have come through the club’s Academy so we’ve got a good mix for a successful season.”

Murphy joins Luke George, Damien Blanch, Matt Blaymire, Sam Obst and Kevin Henderson in committing his future to the Wildcats.