COACH John Kear has outlined his “relief” after Andrew Glover officially became Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ new owner yesterday, taking the club out of administration.
Kear immediately brought Leeds Rhinos prop Kyle Amor and Warrington Wolves half-back Craig Harvey in on loan, alongside Huddersfield Giants duo Greg Johnson and Josh Griffin as permanent signings.
Johnson – a winger – had been due to play at Batley Bulldogs this season on dual registration. He was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of wounding a woman in a Huddersfield bar.
Griffin, a centre/full-back, had a previous spell at Wakefield and was dual-registered with Batley last term.
The quartet won’t feature in tomorrow’s clash with Catalan Dragons in Perpignan, but will be available for Wildcats’ first home game of the season, against Salford City Reds in nine days’ time.
Speaking of the new regime, Kear said: “It is great. The training session we’ve just had (yesterday afternoon) was the best for about a month.
“It’s a feeling of relief, anticipation and excitement. I am absolutely rapped, really, really pleased. We are hoping to get out there in Catalan tomorrow and front-up.
“I thought the players showed tremendous spirit in adversity last week (in a 40-20 loss to Castleford Tigers).
“I hope they show tremendous spirit on Saturday, but with a positive spin as well. Rather than backs against the wall, it’s front-foot stuff.”
Kevin Penny, Frankie Mariano, Stuart Howarth, James Davey and Matt Wildie are all in line for their first appearance of the season in Perpignan tomorrow.
Sam Obst (Hull), Dale Ferguson (Huddersfield) and Daryl Millard (Catalan) have all joined other clubs after playing in last Saturday’s season-opener and Matt Blaymire will be sidelined for eight to 12 weeks due to a broken hand.
The RFL were meeting today to decide what punishment Wildcats will face for going into administration.
In the past, some Co-op Championship clubs have been fined the equivalent of three victories, but Crusaders were deducted four points – two Super League wins – in a similar situation last year.
Kear said: “I’d be very disappointed if we were docked six points, when a club who’ve been through similar problems to ourselves had been docked four points. To have a level playing field it should be something similar.”