Played: 23 Won:10 Draw:0 Lost:13 For:485 Against:654 Diff:-169 Points:20 DD:0 Pos:8th
Played: 30 Won:10 Draw:0 Lost:20 For:571 Against:902 Diff:-331 Points:20 DD:0 Pos:8th
Player of the Year
2016 has certainly been the year of Tom Johnstone. The 21-year-old finished the season as the leading try scorer at Wakefield (20) and was awarded with the Man of Steel Young Player of the Year Award. His outstanding contribution to the team has made him into one of the fan favourites and many believe he has a bright future ahead.
Things didn’t start well for Wakefield as Brian Smith resigned from his managerial role just a few weeks into the new season. Four defeats from five opening games led to his departure however, the club acted quickly and he was soon replaced by Chris Chester.
The former Hull KR boss got off to a slow start with two successive defeats but then, the 38-year-old watched his side go on an incredible run of nine wins in ten games. That run included a famous 62-0 thumping of Wigan Warriors, who went on to lift the Super League title.
Wakefield finished the regular season in 8th which meant that the West Yorkshire side wouldn’t have to fight for their Super League survival in the dreaded Qualifiers. Instead, the club went on to play in the Super 8s, alongside some of the very best clubs in the country.
Things didn’t go well in the Super 8s with Wakefield failing to register a single win however, their run in the Challenge Cup was a successful one. A superb cup campaign saw the team reach the semi-finals where they were eventually beaten by the Warrington Wolves.
Magic Performance At The Magic Weekend
A narrow 25-24 victory over the Catalans Dragons at the Magic Weekend will be a result that many fans will have fond memories of. A dramatic late drop-goal from Jacob Miller saw Wakefield Trinity pick up only their third victory at the two-day event.
Chris Chester Making Most Of What He Has
Wakefield have often been criticised for their lack of investment however, that hasn’t seemed to stop Chris Chester who enjoyed a successful first season with the team. Avoiding the Qualifiers was certainly the key ambition when the new head coach took over and many were extremely relieved when a place in the Super 8s was finally secured.
Promising Start To 2017
It might only have been a friendly however, a 30-6 win over Leeds Rhinos at the Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge has got many fans excited about the upcoming season. Tom Johnstone bagged a hat trick in that game as his side prepare for another tough season in the Super League.
2017 Ins and Outs
Mitchell Allgood (Hull KR)
Craig Huby (Huddersfield Giants)
Kyle Wood (Huddersfield Giants)
Sam Williams (Canberra Raiders)
Scott Grix (Huddersfield Giants)
Mason Caton-Brown (Salford Red Devils)
Keegan Hirst (Batley Bulldogs)
Anthony Tupou (Released)
Michael Simon (Catalans Dragons)
Stuart Howarth (Released)
Richard Own (Released)
Nick Scruton (Hull KR)
Jordan Tansey (Released)
Scott Anderson (Retirement)
Jason Walton (Bradford Bulls)
Craig Hall (Toronto Wolfpack)