Wakefield Wildcats eye more signings before campaign kicks off

Richard Agar.
Richard Agar.
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MORE RECRUITMENT is on the cards for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, boss Richard Agar has confirmed.

Wildcats have made six signings for 2014, but 11 signed-on players who featured in this year’s Super League campaign have departed, mainly as a result of Wildcats’ latest financial problems.

Ex-Leeds Rhinos duo Paul McShane and Richard Moore both featured in the 18-18 draw at their former club which kicked off Wildcats’ pre-season campaign two days ago.

Daniel Smith, a Leeds academy product who was signed from South Sydney’s under-20s, also made his first appearance and overseas recruits Pita Godinet, Scott Anderson and Matt Ryan are due to arrive in the new year.

As reported in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Wildcats have made an attempt to sign half-back Harry Siejka, who had spells at New Zealand Warriors and St George Illawarra Dragons this year.

Wildcats are also keen on taking Leeds centre Jimmy Keinhorst on a season-long loan.

Wildcats are understood to be appealing after the RFL decided Siejka did not qualify to play as an overseas recruit in Super League, due to the limited number of NRL appearances under his belt.

If that fails there could still be an opportunity to sign him as a Polish passport holder.

Agar confirmed: “We have got a couple of spots left.

“We aren’t going to entirely tick every box on our wish list.

“I would like to bring another senior front-rower in and at the moment we are light in the outside-backs.

“I would like to bolster us with another outside-back and perhaps another pivot if our budget allows.”

Agar is confident nobody from his current squad will have to be sold.

And he’s hopeful the draw at Leeds will encourage more fans to buy season tickets, which would boost his playing budget for next year.

Meanwhile, Agar admits Wildcats are aware of the threat of relegation, but insists his team are good enough to stay in Super League at the end of 2014.

“Of course we are conscious promotion and relegation is on,” he said.

“We were left in a situation in the off-season and we’ve had to deal with it as well as we can.

“I remember two years ago when we had to put a team together late and everybody was tipping us for bottom or second-bottom then.

“We have got a new team and it will bring us some energy.

“Having players come in late is not ideal and it’s going to be a challenge, but I think at the end of the day – given the circumstances we’ve had and the timescale we’ve had to do it – we are going to end up with a competitive team on the park.

“It is how quick we can get them to gel to the level we need them to, but more often than not there’s someone in a worse position than you.

“That’s probably the case in rugby league at the moment.”

Agar added: “It could be worse – it is not all doom and gloom at the moment.

“Three months ago there might have been a bit of doom and gloom, but now – completely discounting what happened on Boxing Day – I think we are in a pretty good spot, considering the upheaval and the challenges the club’s had to face.

“Recruiting after everybody else has finished, we’ve been able to get what we feel are bargains again.

“Getting value for money is always going to be key for us.”

Kallum Watkins in action against Castleford in pre-season.

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