Injured stars need to earn their place back in Wakefield Trinity squad, insists Chris Chester

Trinity chief Chris Chester insists that all of his injured players will have to earn their place back in the Wakefield squad.

By Ben McKenna
Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 1:41 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 1:46 pm
Wakefield Trinity head coach Chris Chester.
Wakefield Trinity head coach Chris Chester.

Trinity could be bolstered by the returns of Jordan Crowther, George King, Chris Green and David Fifita for Friday’s derby at Castleford Tigers but Chester says no player will simply be handed a place in the 17.

Wakefield secured their first win of the season with a solid display in an 18-8 success against Warrington Wolves last weekend.

And Chester feels the 17 players that contributed to that win have done enough to keep their place for the short trip to Castleford on Friday night.

“We have got people like Jordy Crowther, George King, Chris Green and maybe Dave Fifita back for this week,” Chester revealed.

“But, if people want to get into this side then they have got to try and knock people out of the 17. There are no guarantees for anybody in this squad.

“We have got some really good competition. That goes for our top players all the way down. If you consistently play well, you keep your spot.

“And that is the good thing that came out of Sunday’s game, it will make it very difficult for me to do anything.

“Those 17 guys played very, very well and deserve another crack on Friday night.”

Chester feels that his side proved some of their doubters wrong with last weekend’s win over Warrington.

Steve Price’s side had beaten St Helens 19-0 the previous week but were limited to just one try and one penalty goal at Belle Vue.

Trinity won the contest late on with tries from Tom Johnstone and Matty Ashurst sealing a memorable win.

Chester added: “We were obviously disappointed with the performance against Hull KR and had been waiting to get out on the pitch.

“We proved a few people wrong. We know it is only one game but we are one from two.

“We have just got to make sure that we back it up this Friday against Cas.”