Wakefield finally got their man today when Australian half-back Harry Siejka overcame red tape to complete a move to Super League.
The 22-year-old was expected to be the Wildcats’ first signing for 2014 when he agreed a one-year deal last October, but his application for a visa was denied by the Rugby Football League due to the player’s limited first-grade experience in the NRL.
Siejka made just four senior appearances for Penrith Panthers in 2011-12 and injury prevented him from making his debut for St George-Illawarra after switching Sydney clubs last season.
However, Wakefield successfully appealed and the player is also thought to have used his Polish ancestry to gain a European passport.
A Wakefield spokesman said: “The Wildcats are pleased to confirm that Harry Siejka has completed his move to the club.”
A former Australian schoolboy international, Siejka will be the 11th new face to join coach Richard Agar’s squad when he arrives in the country on Thursday lunchtime.