Newly-arrived Australian recruit Harry Siejka will be in London tomorrow as part of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ squad, but coach Richard Agar says it is “unlikely” he will make his debut.
NEWLY-ARRIVED AUSTRALIAN recruit Harry Siejka will be in London tomorrow as part of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ squad, but coach Richard Agar says it is “unlikely” he will make his debut.
The former Penrith Panthers, New Zealand Warriors and St George-Illawarra half-back arrived in England earlier this week and has been named in Wildcats’ initial 19-man squad for the clash with winless London Broncos, though Agar reckons it could be too early to throw him straight into the side.
“We are taking him down with us as part of the squad, but it’s unlikely he will be in the team this week,” Agar said.
“The guys played particularly well last week, but also, for Harry, we need to get him used to what we are doing, give him time to pick up our calls and probably have a bit more training time with us.”
Agar added: “It is early, but he kicks the ball well and he’s got nice skill. He’s got a nice touch with the ball, but when you’re playing in the halves it is just a case of getting used to our style and our principles.
“The easiest thing when you’re playing half-back is when the calls can start to roll off the tongue. At the moment obviously he’s having to think about everything and there’s a lot of unfamiliarity in the way we do stuff and the calls we’re making.
“He will get used to that and it won’t take him long to fit in. He is a smart enough footballer and he’s been in some really good clubs and systems.
“He has got the ability to play throughout the pivots, which is really good for us.
“It is hard to find quality halves and we now think we’ve got some good options there.”
A win tomorrow would move Wildcats four points clear of London, but Agar insisted he is taking nothing for granted, despite Broncos’ form this year and Wakefield’s big win over Catalan Dragons five days ago.
“We’ve had a good look at every game they’ve played this year,” Agar said. “They are full of enthusiasm and we’ve seen parts of their game improve every week.
“We’ve stressed that to our boys. We know we are going to be in a decent contest.”
Wildcats have been training on a school pitch which has similar dimensions to London’s small field. “That has made a slight difference to how we are going to approach the game,” Agar said. “A lot of our build up has been about attitude. We have got to match, if not beat, their attitude.
“It is a really important game for us. We have to keep trying to improve our performances and chalk up a few more wins. We have come off the back of a good win.
“It was a shot in the arm for us, but we think we’ll get a tougher game this week.”
Forward Danny Washbrook is ruled out due to a “slight” calf tear, but Dean Collis is available after suspension and Scott Anderson could also return.
London may give a debut to Australian former St George forward Atelea Vea, who arrived in this country yesterday.
Josh Drinkwater is available after a hamstring problem and prop James Greenwood is also in contention, with Iliess Macani dropping out.
London Broncos: from Farrar, Atkins, Caton-Brown, Minns, O’Callaghan, Cunningham, Bishay, Slyney, Moore, Krasniqi, Foster, McMeeken, Cook, Forster, Griffin, Solomona, Drinkwater, Greenwood, Vea.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats: from Mathers, Fox, Sykes, Lyne, Riley, Sammut, Godinet, Scruton, McShane, Tautai, Lauitiiti, Kirmond, Ryan, Wildie, Molloy, Smith, Collis, Anderson, Siejka.
Referee: Phil Bentham (Warrington).
Kick-off: Tomorrow, 3pm.