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Paul Cooke heads six-strong Wakefield exit list

Paul Cooke
Paul Cooke scored just two tries for Wakefield - one against old club Hull

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats stand-off Paul Cooke heads a list of six players who will not be staying at Belle Vue.

Skipper Jason Demetriou revealed back in June that he would not be offered a new deal after six years at the club.

Hooker Tevita Leo-Latu and centre Sean Gleeson have signed for Salford, while prop Kyle Bibb and utility man Paul Johnson are also heading for the exit.

But Cooke, 29, signed from Hull KR for the rest of the season in March, has also been released.

Cooke joined Wakefield after falling out of favour under Justin Morgan at Craven Park, where had been since his high-profile departure from Hull FC in 2007.


And the adaptable Hull-born player is now again looking for a new club.

The Wildcats are now thought to be in negotiations to bring Harlequins loose forward Rob Purdham to Belle Vue.

The England international has a year left on his contract with the Londoners but is keen to move back north to be nearer his family in Cumbria following the death of elder brother Garry earlier this year.

Gleeson has spent three seasons with Wakefield after signing from Wigan.

Johnson, who is now understood to be a target for Crusaders, was at Wakefield for just one season after signing from Warrington last December.

Bibb has had loan spells both with Harlequins and Whitehaven this season.

Wildcats coach John Kear said: "We'd like to thank these players for their contribution to the Wildcats."

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see also
Salford 16-12 Wakefield
05 Sep 10 |  My Club
Kirmond returns to Huddersfield
31 Aug 10 |  Huddersfield
Salford sign Wakefield's Leo-Latu
13 Aug 10 |  Salford
Wakefield set to let Demetriou go
14 Jun 10 |  Wakefield
Wakefield wingers undergo surgery
12 Aug 10 |  Wakefield
Morrison extends Wakefield deal
10 Jun 10 |  Wakefield
Wakefield sign Cooke from Hull KR
19 Mar 10 |  Wakefield
Harlequins sign prop Bibb on loan
03 Mar 10 |  Harlequins
Wakefield tie up Johnson signing
13 Dec 09 |  Wakefield
Wakefield snap up Wigan's Gleeson
09 May 07 |  Wakefield

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