Wakefield Wildcats: Webster beefs up squad with Widnes forward Kavanagh on loan

Wakefield coach James Webster.
Wakefield coach James Webster.
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Super League basement side Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have signed Widnes forward Ben Kavanagh on loan for the rest of the season.

The 27-year-old Scotland international is under contract with the Vikings until 2016 and has appeared in six of their 10 Super League matches so far this year but was not guaranteed a regular spot in coach Denis Betts’ team.

“Ben is just on the edge of our first-team squad so the opportunity to play with the Wakefield team for the remainder of this season will give him the chance to get some regular first-team action,” Betts said.

Wakefield, bottom of the table after losing their last eight matches, have been badly hit by injuries and have lost the services of George Griffin (Salford) and Jordan Hand (St Helens) following the expiry of their month-long loan deals.

Wildcats coach James Webster said: “I was lucky enough to have played with Ben at Widnes when he was just starting out his career.”

And the Australian added: “He (Kavanagh) will add some size and speed to an area we have been short in over the past six weeks.”

A further plus for the Wildcats is that Ian Kirke and Jon Molloy have been named in the squad for Friday for the first time this season after injury.

Wakefield entertain Halifax tomorrow evening at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup, kick-off 7.30pm.