Skipper returns but Murphy out ahead of Wolves clash

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SKIPPER Glenn Morrison will return to help Wakefield Trinity Wildcats prove they’re not looking towards their end-of-season break just yet when they travel to Warrington Wolves on Sunday (kick-off 3pm).

With a new three-year Super League licence awarded to Wildcats and the news that head coach John Kear would be leaving the club at the end of the season, Wildcats slumped to a crushing 40-6 defeat at home against Crusaders last time out in Super League.

But Kear, who has enjoyed five largely successful years at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium, is keen to end his reign at the club on a high - starting with a much-improved performance against second-placed Wolves this weekend.

“It’s been tough for the players because of all the distractions of late but now it’s all settling down,” he said.

“After all that we’ve now got to play Warrington Wolves, who are possibly the best rugby league side in Super League to play expansive and creative football.

“They’re fresh after a two-week break and they have a real focus to do well so it’s going to be very difficult for us.

“Offensively they’re superb but they also have a pretty good defence too. But we’ve had two weeks to prepare and we need to show big improvements.”

Morrison is set to be named in Wakefield’s 19-man squad after recovering from a hand injury, while Julien Rinaldi will also return.

But Aaron Murphy will definitely miss out through a wrist injury. Kear is hoping he’ll be fit for the derby game against Castleford Tigers next week but he could require surgery at the end of the season.

Wildcats have made a host of new signings already for 2012 and full-back Ryan Tongia is set to make his debut at the Halliwell Jones Stadium following his switch from Cronulla Sharks.

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