Wakefield and Salford in surprise swap deal

Wakefield and Salford have announced a one-month loan swap deal that sees the Red Devils’ Junior Sa’u and Trinity’s Pauli Pauli head in opposite directions.

The arrival of Sa’u at Belle Vue will add options to Wakefield’s threequarter line, which is missing Joe Arundel, Bill Tupou and Tom Johnstone through injury, while Pauli provides a useful replacement for Jansin Turgut, who the Red Devils released last week.

Sa’u said: “Wakefield play a good style of football that suits me and I’m just relishing the challenge ahead of me.

“I’m also looking forward to playing in front of the vocal fans who I know from when I’ve played against Wakefield, are very loud!

Wakefield boss Chris Chester said: “To bring in a player of Junior’s quality at this point of the season is great for us.

“With Joe and Bill still six weeks away from returning, the arrival of Junior really strengthens us and adds some real good depth.

“Pauli will head the other way on-loan with a view to getting more minutes.”

Pauli said: “It’s always exciting to get on the field with a new bunch of blokes and see how they play.

“St Helens are a top team, so hopefully we can prove this week that we can do something.

“I just want to turn up for the boys and play. That’s why I enjoy playing and that’s what I’m here for.

“Ian Watson’s a great bloke and he’s been very welcoming.”

Salford boss Ian Watson said: “This deal with Wakefield means Junior’s going to be able to get some playing time and gain match fitness.

“We’ve also been able to bring in a strike weapon, which will be a massive boost.

“I’ve tracked Pauli since he first came over here and any team will struggle to stop him.”

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