IT’S two in and one out at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats after the club confirmed the arrivals of Andy Raleigh and Danny Kirmond from Huddersfield Giants, while Aaron Murphy has moved in the other direction.
As reported in Express Sport at the end of last month, 22-year-old Murphy has finally completed a move to the Galpharm Stadium after being linked with a move to the Giants when Wakefield went into administration in February.
Wildcats have received an undisclosed fee for the full-back, who was offered a three-year extension to his contract at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium but opted for a move to the Giants, with the money from the deal being made available to head coach Richard Agar for further player recruitment.
Raleigh, a strong-running forward who spent five years at Huddersfield, has penned a two-year deal in the red, white and blue, while Kirmond, who enjoyed a one-year loan spell at Wakefield in 2010, has signed a three-year contract.
Wildcats chief executive James Elston said: “Despite our best efforts I am very disappointed that Aaron Murphy will no longer be a part of the future at Wakefield, however we are keen to make sure we stick to our faith of developing young British talent and I am confident the we have players, such as Danny Cowling and Lucas Walshaw, coming through that will successfully fill those shoes.
“We are delighted to have Danny and Andy on board for the future, both players will add fantastic value to the Club and the squad alike. They have both featured in the final two play off games for the Giants proving the quality and calibre of the players that they are.
“As a club we have set out to retain our youth and develop home grown talent however we are in a commercial industry and would be foolish to hold on to players who don’t want to play at Wakefield.”
“If we are to lose players we must get maximum value for our investment in that player, this deal gives us that. Both Andy and Danny have played well all year at the Giants and played in the final play-off games, proving the quality of the players that they are.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Aaron for his time here at Wakefield and wish him all the best for the future.”
Giants managing director Richard Thewlis commented: “There has been much speculation surrounding these players recently and now that all paperwork is concluded and lodged at Red Hall both ourselves and the Wildcats can formally announce the changes to our respective squads.
“From our perspective it is no secret that the Giants were one of several clubs keen to sign Aaron at the beginning of this season. We are delighted that he has chosen to join the Giants.
“We approached Aaron earlier in the year when Wakefield were in Administration with permission from the administrators and to his credit he asked to see the year out with his teammates before wanting to come to us in the off season. While this announcement looks like a player swap the reality is all three players had several clubs keen to sign them.”
“For the record we would like to thank both Andy and Danny for their excellent service to the claret and gold and wish them well in the future at a club that like ourselves looks to have exciting times ahead.”
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