Wakefield Trinity are pleased to announce the fourth inductee into its 'Class of 2015' Hall of Fame, Trevor Skerrett, the international forward from the late 1970s.
Trevor Skerrett was the ‘cornerstone’ of the Trinity pack in the late 1970s and went from the amateur scene in Hunslet to the test arena of Sydney Cricket Ground in six years. He was a fearless player who never knew he was beaten and in his six seasons at Trinity represented Wales and Great Britain with distinction.
Hailing from the Belle Isle area of Leeds, Trevor played for Bisons Sports ARL before signing for Trinity, as a 20 year old, in August 1974. He debuted within a few weeks, coming off the substitutes bench in a 12-12 home draw with Castleford.In only his seventh Trinity game, he was in the line up for the 1974 Yorkshire Cup Final, only to suffer defeat against second division, Hull Kingston Rovers, 13-16 at Headingley. Six months later, after a great cup run, Trinity and Trevor were one step away from Wembley after a 7-13 loss to Widnes in the RL Challenge Cup semi final.
In 1977 he appeared for Great Britain under 24s against France, at Hull and a year later he represented Wales against Australia at Swansea, Trevor qualifying for the Welsh through grandparents. His displays for Trinity and two more appearances for Wales, in 1979, got him noticed and the likeable Skerrett deservedly earned a place on the 1979 Great Britain touring squad to Australia. Prior to the tour, he achieved an ambition of playing at Wembley but Trinity lost to Widnes in the RL Challenge Cup Final, but earning great praise with a man of the match performance in the 9-7 semi final victory over St.Helens.
‘Down Under’, Trevor was one of the few players to impress and made his GB debut in the first test against Australia at Lang Park, Brisbane. He gained four caps on the tour, playing in the second test at the SCG in Sydney and the second and third tests against New Zealand and Christchurch and Auckland. He played another twelve games on the tour.
A fourth Welsh cap followed in January 1980, but within a few months he was transferred to Hull for a record £40,000 fee. He played 160 games for Hull (1980-86), playing in nine finals, winning four, aswell as the 1983 Championship and adding to his Welsh and GB caps. A season at Leeds, followed by two seasons at Keighley saw him retire in 1989.
Trevor Skerrett earned a reputation of being one of the hardest forwards in the game in his day, aswell as one of the fairest and most well respected. He played 203 Trinity first team games in his six seasons, scoring twenty six tries, and remains one of only eight Trinity forwards to take on the might of the Australian pack in test matches and one of only two in the last forty seven years.