Agar impressed by Trout’s stand-out pre-season performances

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WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats may have bolstered their 2012 squad with 17 new signings but head coach Richard Agar has been full of praise for one of the club’s homegrown first team members.

Academy product Kyle Trout has been included in Agar’s 20-man squad for the Heatshot Festive Challenge against Leeds Rhinos on Boxing Day - and he’s there on merit.

Agar has been impressed with the 20-year-old during training and is ready to give him a run-out against the Super League champions at Headingley.

He could even get a starting role if players struggling to be ready, such as Danny Washbrook (hamstring) and Danny Kirmond (shoulder), don’t make the cut.

“Kyle’s looked very, very good in pre-season,” he said.

“If players aren’t ready to play then Kyle will get a stab at showing me what he can do.”

“He’ll get a run out [on Boxing Day] and he’ll be able to put his marker down.”

Trout, a strong prop or loose forward, signed a one-year professional contract with Wakefield in September to join the full first team for 2012.

He played as an amateur at Stanley Rangers, blossomed through the Wildcats youth set-up and will be hoping for some first team action in the red, white and blue in Super League XVII.

See this week’s Wakefield Express Sport for a full preview ahead of the Heatshot Festive Challenge.