Wakefield Wildcats: ’Cats in talks to extend Lee Smith’s stay at the club

IN TALKS: Wakefield are in talks with Lee Smith about a new contract.
IN TALKS: Wakefield are in talks with Lee Smith about a new contract.
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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are hopeful Lee Smith will extend his stay at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

The former Leeds Rhino is out of contract at the end of the season and Wildcats are keen to hang on to the 26-year-old amid rumours of a move elsewhere.

Castleford Tigers are believed to be interested in the England international but Wakefield are in the middle of talks with the player and his agent and hope he commits to the club.

“We’re talking to Lee,” said Wildcats chief executive James Elston.

“It’s an open market and Lee’s got an agent. Castleford may offer Lee a better deal than what we offer him, but certainly we’re trying to keep Lee Smith and we’re pretty confident that he’s happy here.”

“We’ve given him responsibility. What’s great with Lee Smith is that he’s growing as a person and a player and he’s finding that form that got him picked for England.

“He’s becoming a leader, you see him on the pitch how he talks to the lads and that can only be good for him as a person and a player and hopefully we’ve been good for him and we can retain him and keep him at Wakefield.”

Smith has made 22 consecutive appearances for Wakefield and his versatility has proved useful this season, with appearances at full-back, centre and at scrum-half. He has also taken over kicking duties from Paul Sykes and excelled with the boot.

He originally joined Wakefield on a one-month loan deal from Leeds midway through last season but Wildcats quickly offered him a permanent deal until the end of this season.