Australian half-back Harry Siejka could join Wakefield Trinity Wildcats “any day soon”, according to coach Richard Agar.
The 22-year-old made four NRL appearances for Penrith Panthers from 2011-2012, but failed to break into the senior team after joining St George-Illawarra Dragons last year.
The Yorkshire Evening Post understands Wakefield’s bid to register him was initially turned down by the RFL, due to his limited number of top-flight appearances.
The club have have appealed against that ruling and are also hopeful Siejka’s Polish ancestory will secure him a European passport, allowing him to play in this country.
“It is no secret if we can secure him a passport or visa we are looking to get him on board,” Agar said.
“It is on-going and we are confident we will get it done. We are hoping it is literally a matter of any day soon.”
Meanwhile Agar says Lee Smith, who left Trinity for Newcastle Falcons rugby union club, did so with his blessing.
“We will miss him because he’s versatile and a good player, but he goes with our best wishes and he wanted to go.
“If that’s the case, that’s fine,” he said.