JOHNSON AND ELLIS MOVE ON
Paul Johnson and Andy Ellis have left the Wildcats to join Hull FC and Featherstone Rovers respectively.
Prop Johnson joins the black and whites on a two-year deal following two seasons at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium in which he made 45 Super League appearances and won a number of the end of season awards in 2011.
Ellis returns to Rovers after a loan spell earlier this year. He made ten appearances in the red, white and blue in his single season at the club, finding opportunities limited due to the excellent form of Paul Aiton and Kyle Wood.
With that duo plus the highly regarded, homegrown Matty Wildie in the ranks for 2013, plus Ellis’ desire to play more regular rugby at this stage of his career, the Wildcats have allowed the hooker to join neighbours Featherstone on a two-year deal.
Wildie has gained valuable first team experience at Batley Bulldogs during this campaign as well as catching the eye as part of the under 20′s Academy that reached the play-offs, and the man who was part of the Wildcats under 18′s Academy Grand Final winning side in 2009 will compete with Aiton and Wood in the hooker role, an area where the Wildcats are packed full of quality.
Youngsters Dale Morton and Russ Spiers will also bid farewell to the club when their contracts expire later in 2012.
The club thank all four for their efforts in their time at the club and wish them well for their future challenges.
This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.