How Wakefield could line up if they hadn’t sold their stars

Tom Johnstone has been the talk of Super League following his exceptional form recently, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by fans and rival clubs alike.

Since scoring a sensational try against Huddersfield on Good Friday, the Wildcats winger has been linked to a number of clubs, none more so than Wigan since they announced the departure of Josh Charnley to rugby union and Dan Sarginson to Gold Coast.

Over the years, Wakefield have traditionally lost their better stars due to their inability to compete with the powerhouses of the competition, so the thought of losing their new prize asset is obviously one that strikes fear into Trinity supporters.

To emphasise Wakefield’s selling mentality of old, here is a team of players that have left the Wildcats to move on to other clubs in recent years.

Full-back – Scott Grix (Joined Huddersfield in 2010, won the League Leaders’ Shield in 2013).

Winger – Aaron Murphy (Joined Huddersfied in 2012, won the League Leaders’ Shield in 2013).

Centre – Josh Griffin (Joined Huddersfield in 2009, now being tipped for England).

Centre – Ryan Atkins (Joined Warrington in 2010, won the Challenge Cup twice).

Winger – Ben Cockayne (Joined Hull KR in 2014, played in the Challenge Cup final last year).

Stand-off – Danny Brough (Joined Huddersfield in 2010, voted as the world’s third best player in 2013).

Scrum-half – Kyle Wood (Joined Huddersfield in 2013, won the League Leaders’ Shield that year).

Prop – Taulima Tautai (Joined Wigan in 2015).

Hooker – Paul Aiton (Joined Leeds in 2014, won the treble with the Rhinos).

Prop – Kyle Amor (Joined St Helens in 2014, won the Grand Final that year).

Second-row – Gareth Ellis (Joined Leeds in 2005, won numerous trophies before going to the NRL).

Second-row – Brett Ferres (Joined Castleford in 2009, gone on to play for England).

Loose-forward – Ben Westwood (Joined Warrington in 2002, won three Challenge Cups and is an England international).


Ali Lauitiiti – (Joined New Zealand Warriors in 2016).

Oliver Elima – (Joined Catalans in 2008).

Paul McShane – (Joined Castleford in 2016).

Danny Washbrook – (Joined Hull FC in 2016).