Smith eyes debut in Wakefield Wildcats’ clash with Salford City Reds

Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith

WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats make their first home appearance of the Super League XVI season on Sunday and head coach John Kear is hoping to inflict more misery on the Salford City Reds.

The Reds have yet to celebrate victory so far this season while the Wildcats are brimming with confidence following their 38-14 win at Catalans Dragons last Saturday.

The Wildcats have been actively drumming-up support for the game at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium and there is a sense of optimism at the club following a turbulent few weeks of activity off the pitch.

But Kear is wary of the threat posed by the embattled Reds, saying: “They [Salford] were expected to be the big improvers this year but so far they have underachieved.

“However, they have quality players and they won’t keep underachieving. They have taken a lot of criticism and they will be looking to prove a point on Sunday.”

Trinity full-back Matt Blaymire is facing up to 12 weeks on the sidelines having broken his hand, Kieran Hyde will be rested after sustaining a slight hamstring tear and Ben Jeffries is a doubt having failed to shrug off a knee injury.

But there is some welcome news for Kear and Jeremy Smith is set to make his Wakefield debut against his former club having secured a work visa.

Hooker Julien Rinaldi is also available having avoided a suspension from the RFL.

The Frenchman was found guilty of making dangerous contact with Dragons prop David Ferriol last weekend and fined £500 but escaped a suspension.

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