Wakefield Wildcats: New loan players means Wildcats can field a team

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WAKEFIELD TRINITY WILDCATS’ two on-loan forwards are both set to make their debut in tomorrow’s home game against Huddersfield Giants – and coach James Webster says he would have struggled to field 17 fit players without them.

Wildcats this week brought in George Griffin from Salford Red Devils and St Helens’ Jordan Hand, both for an initial one-month spell.

Scott Anderson, Matty Ashurst, Lopini Paea, Chris Annakin and Ian Kirke – who this week trained for the first time in 2015 – all remain on Wildcats’ casualty list and Reece Lyne and Pita Godinet were hurt in last Sunday’s 24-18 defeat at Salford.

Griffin has played in Super League for Hull KR and London Broncos, while Hand made two appearances for St Helens last term and Webster said: “We are short of forwards – and we will be able to field a team now.

“They (the loan duo) will bring some enthusiasm, they are looking for a start and that’s the bonus of having people on loan.

“They are coming for minutes (on the field), they are here for the right reasons.

“George has played a lot of Super League for his age and Jordan comes highly-recommended by Saints. He played against us last year and did a good job, so we’ve brought in two good players.”

Wildcats are on a three-match losing run, but Webster reckons they can reverse the trend if their attack improves. He said: “We are used to adversity, we are used to having to overcome different scenarios. We have got to turn up with the effort we’ve shown in most of our games this year.

“If we replicate the effort we’ve had in four of our five games, we will give ourselves a chance.

“What’s letting us down is our execution and ball retention and we need to improve that. Our goal line defence has been a lot better, but our energy levels struggle because we aren’t good enough with the ball.”

Of Giants, Webster – who will give a debut to Joe Arundel and has recalled Jarrod Sammut from London – said: “They are big, strong and athletic all over the pitch.

“They are a good team and they will be up there at the end of the season, like they have been for the last few years.”