Matt James has joined neighbours Featherstone Rovers on a two-year deal.
The prop signed for the Wildcats in 2012 after impressing in the Championship and went on to make four appearances in the red, white and blue.
At the age of 25 James was keen to play regular first team rugby and has been given that opportunity by Rovers.
On signing his two-year deal, James commented: “I am really looking forward to joining Featherstone Rovers. Although I had one year still to run on my Wakefield Trinity Wildcats contract, the opportunity to play on a more regular basis with Featherstone Rovers will enable me to improve and develop as a player and hopefully I can help the club achieve their ambition of reaching Super League.”
The Wildcats have added former State of Origin star Justin Poore to their pack options as well as retaining the services of Kyle Amor alongside Oliver Wilkes and 2012 Players’ Player of the Year Andy Raleigh.
With those options in the front row, Wildcats CEO James Elston explained that the club could not stand in James’ way of regular rugby.
“We couldn’t guarantee Matt first team rugby on a regular basis in 2013 and at this stage of his career he understandably wants to be playing week-in, week-out. We wish him all the best at Featherstone.”