Arundel has an eye on new Trinity deal

IN-FORM centre Joe Arundel says he would like to stay at Wakefield Trinity, but talks about a new contract have yet to begin.

Joe Arundel

The former Castleford Tigers, Hull and Bradford Bulls three-quarter joined Trinity two years ago and is out of contract at the end of this season.

He did not play in the opening four games of the year, but then had a run of five successive appearances before being concussed in the Good Friday defeat at Castleford.

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Arundel, 25, missed the next two games, but returned in last Sunday’s win over Catalans Dragons and is expected to start in the centres again when Trinity visit Leigh Centurions this evening.

“I didn’t start the season, but I took my opportunity when an injury came up,” he said.

“That’s the way things go. It’s a funny game rugby; one week you can be not getting a start and then you are playing the next.

“A lot of things can happen and I am just grateful to be playing again, especially as I’m out of contract at the end of the year.

“I would like to stay, but I’ve not had any talks about it yet. I am just concentrating on playing well and putting in the performances I know I can do.

“I want to be playing week-in and week-out and I can only do that by playing to the right standard and playing well.”

Arundel was called up in March after centre Reece Lyne suffered a knee injury.

Lyne returned as a substitute against Catalans Dragons last week, when winger Tom Johnstone sustained season-ending knee damage.

Lyne and Arundel could be in the centres today with Ben Jones-Bishop and Mason Caton-Brown on the wings.

Centre Bill Tupou is available after injury and gives coach Chris Chester another option in the three-quarters while captain Danny Kirmond (back injury) and Sam Williams (groin) could play.