Chris Chester explains why Mason Lino's arrival is good news for Wakefield Trinity captain Jacob Miller
HAVING MASON Lino on board at Wakefield Trinity will ease the pressure on Jacob Miller’s shoulders, believes head coach Chris Chester.
The Trinity captain only played five games with Danny Brough in the half-back positions last year - the player he had trained with for all of pre-season.
Lino has arrived at Belle Vue with experience of the NRL under his belt and Chester feels his addition will prove valuable for a number of reasons and provide a “calming influence” for Wakefield captain Miller.
“I had a good chat with Milky [Miller] before starting pre-season in regards to the captaincy,” said Chester. “There were times last season where it looked like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders.
“Having Mason there, Milky is left to his own devices. Mason will get the team around the park while Milky can focus on his left edge and lead the team as good as he can.
“I am pleased we have got Mason through the door, he will have a calming influence on Milky. He will be great on that right edge with people like Jay Pitts, Kelepi, Reece Lyne, Liam Kay and Innes Senior.
“There is a lot of competition there. The key for us is making sure we keep our best players out on the field and keep our spine fit and healthy.
“If we can do that, I think we will be a really tough team to crack this year.”
There will be no scrums at the beginning of 2021 in order to limit the amount of close contact between players.
Chester hopes to see them return when it is safe to do so. Rule changes for the Super League restart in 2020 have carried over into this year and the Trinity boss feels his side are better prepared to cope with them.
He added: “It probably took the team longer than we thought, in terms of the lack of scrums. I am hoping that scrums do come back.
“It took a bit of time for every team to get onside with the new rules. There is a real freshness with the competition this year.
“The rules are a positive step. I think it is important that we align these rules as best we can to what the NRL play.
“I think that will really help our international game as well. I am looking forward to getting started and playing under these new rules.”