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Wakefield sign Salford's Smith and Hull KR's Mariano

Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith also played for St George and Parramatta in the NRL

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have made two signings in one day by signing Salford half-back Jeremy Smith and Hull KR back rower Frankie Mariano.

Mariano, 23, has signed a one-year deal at Craven Park.

New Zealand international Smith, 29, moves to Belle Vue following two years at The Willows.

Smith, who can play at both scrum-half and stand-off, has played three times for his country, having represented Aotearoa Maori in the 2000 World Cup.

"Jeremy is an international quality player and will add an extra competitive edge in the middle of the field," said Wakefield coach John Kear.

"He's an exciting footballer who has played at the highest levels.

"That kind of experience will be useful as we bring through some of the younger players we're developing at Belle Vue, as well as adding something extra to our side.

"It's also a major advantage for us that Jeremy has experience of Super League. He will be aware of the challenges we face in 2011 and be fully prepared."

Smith, who made 44 Super League appearances for Salford after joining from South Sydney in 2009, added: "I'm very grateful for the opportunity to come and play at this club.

Mariano and Paul Broadbent
Frankie Mariano is welcomed to Belle Vue by Wildcats coach Paul Broadbent

"I've been speaking to John Kear and I can't wait to get started and get the team around the park."

Former Embassy Longhill amateur Mariano, who has worked his way up through the Rovers development system, made his senior debut in the Challenge Cup fifth round tie against Sheffield Eagles in 2009 - and made three Super League appearances this season.

"We're delighted to acquire Frankie as we believe he is a player with Super League potential," added Kear. "One of our aims at Wakefield is to sign ambitious young British players when they become available so that we can create a squad that is hungry for success.

"Frankie, at 6'4" and 16 stones fits that bill and we're happy to welcome him at the Wildcats."

Mariano said: "I'm thrilled to be joining the Wildcats and am looking forward to meeting my new team-mates as well as starting pre-season training."



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