Wakefield Trinity coach says off-contract players have last chance to impress

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WAKEFIELD Trinity head coach Chris Chester says players such as Ben Jones-Bishop and Craig Kopczak still have a chance to prove they are worth a new deal for 2021 when they play their final game of the season tomorrow evening.

Trinity face Salford Red Devils at Emerald Headingley as their Super League campaign draws to a close given the news an extended top-six play-off series will start next week instead of the final round of fixtures.

A number of out-of-contract players have already moved on such as George King (Hull KR), Ryan Atkins (York City Knights) and Danny Brough (Bradford Bulls).

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However, others are still in Chester’s thoughts as he continues his squad-building for 2021.

Asked if some players will be playing their final game for the West Yorkshire club tomorrow, he replied: “Potentially.

“It's been challenging (this season) for a number of reasons but also there’s some guys who still have got a lot to play for this weekend.

“We’ve still some decisions we still have to make on certain players.

“Ben Jones-Bishop’s off contract and Koppy's off contract.

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Wakefield Trinity's Ben Jones-Bishop (Isabel Pearce/SWpix.com)Wakefield Trinity's Ben Jones-Bishop (Isabel Pearce/SWpix.com)
Wakefield Trinity's Ben Jones-Bishop (Isabel Pearce/SWpix.com)

“There’s another couple as well. These guys have got a lot to play for. We all have a lot to play for.

“We just want to finish off strongly. We had a recruitment meeting on Tuesday with the board.

“I let them know my thoughts on where we need to strengthen, which players we need to retain and we’ll take some time over the next few weeks to make sure we get that recruitment right.”

Experienced former Leeds Rhinos winger Jones-Bishop, 32, has spent the last five years at Belle Vue after arriving from Salford.

Ex-Huddersfield Giants prop and Wales captain Craig Kopczak, 33, has been with Trinity for two years having also joined from the Red Devils.

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