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Young Trinity half-back comes in on loan

ROUGHYEDS are delighted this evening to confirm and to announce the loan signing of Wakefield Trinity’s 19-year-old half-back Robbie Butterworth, who has been catching the eye in the Super League Club’s Reserves team.

Like his Trinity and now on-loan Oldham colleague Dane Windrow, Robbie is with us now for the remainder of the season although Wakefield have a 48-hour recall clause once the initial two weeks have been completed.

As boys, he and back-row forward Windrow played in the same team at Brighouse Rangers before the two of them jointed Trinity on scholarship when they were aged 14 or thereabouts.

From there, their careers have followed similar pathways via Trinity’s scholarship and academy squads, although Windrow has graduated to the first-team squad while the slightly younger Butterworth has been playing in the Reserves.

Last December, however, he played in a young Wakefield side at Leeds Rhinos in a Boxing Day friendly.

He impressed during the 2021 Academy season and earned a place in the 2022 Reserves squad. Interestingly, both he and Windrow played last season for the Trinity Reserves in a shock 30-16 triumph at St Helens. Butterworth scored the first of six Trinity tries and landed three conversions.

Said Robbie, who trained with Stu Littler’s squad on Tuesday:

“We’ve only been playing once a fortnight in the Reserves and Trinity want me to get more game time. They let it be known that I was available for those reasons. Oldham came in for me, I agreed and that was that.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my first training session at Oldham and I’m looking forward to the rest of my stay.”

Robbie lives in Liversedge which is situated between Huddersfield and Wakefield.

He added:

“I can’t wait to get started. The session I attended at Oldham was good and interesting and it was good to meet all the lads.”

In fact, it was a session in which Littler demanded a big response from the players against derby rivals Swinton Lions at the Vestacare Stadium this Sunday (3pm kick off) following a lack-lustre show in a 38-16 defeat at bottom club London Skolars last Friday night.

Said Littler:

“Our performance fell well below club expectations. We didn’t get off the bus and that’s how we played from minute one to minute 80. There were tough words said at the training session, and rightly so, but actions speak louder than words and we’ll be looking for a big response from the boys on Sunday.

“When we look back at what happened down there it wasn’t just about the playing squad; it was about all of us, players, myself, Shez (assistant coach) and Chris (chairman Chris Hamilton). We were all in it together. We must now come out of it on the other side together.”

Martyn Ridyard took a knock, but Littler hopes he will be fit for weekend and is confident that the veteran play-maker will do all in his power to give himself the best possible chance of playing against his former club.

You will get the unique opportunity at the game of using your camera or mobile phone to have your photograph taken with one of the three World Cups, the men’s, women’s and wheelchair trophies which will be up for grabs in the autumn.

They will be located, in the charge of RFL officials, just inside the ground to the right of the turnstiles, from 1.15pm to kick-off. They will be shown off on the pitch at half-time and will be on show in the hospitality suite post-match for sponsors and their guests.

Turnstiles will open at 1pm and there will be a curtain-raiser, featuring Limehurst Lions and Saddleworth Rangers under-10s, which will kick-off at 1.15pm.

You can pay at the turnstiles as usual — under-16s go free — but if you prefer you can also buy tickets on online.

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