Agar masters Wakefield Wildcats balancing act

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WAKEFIELD Wildcats head coach Richard Agar admits he has “two or three plates spinning” in terms of further bolstering his squad ahead of the 2012 campaign.

Wildcats have already seen a big turnaround in playing staff since the end of last season but there’s set to be a few more ins and outs in the coming weeks.

Half-back duo Isaac John and Tom Smith became the latest pieces in Agar’s squad jigsaw, subject to successful visa applications.

But the Cats coach has admitted that some players may need to leave the Rapid Solicitors Stadium in order to bring his remaining targets in.

“We’re looking to free up some squad positions and some money in order to bring a couple more players in,” he said.

“We have two or three plates spinning at the moment but some deals will depend on if we can free up some places in the squad.”

Agar has already announced his intention to allow some younger members of his squad to leave on dual-contract deals to gain first-team experience.

But although there’s been interest from other clubs, no decision will be made until the new-look Wildcats staff have had a good look at the players they have at their disposal.

“There’s been plenty of interest,” said Agar.

“Jason Demetriou has asked about taking a few players and plenty of other clubs have shown interest too.

“But it’s important that these young guys get a crack with us first. We’ll take a good look over them in the next four or five weeks in training and see what position we’re in then.”

Gareth Moore has been one name linked with a move away, to York City Knights, but he’ll remain at Wakefield for the time being.

“I’ve had a frank and honest chat with Gareth,” said Agar.

“He’s expressed his desire to get a good pre-season under his belt with us and fight for a place in the squad so we’ll see how that goes in the coming weeks.”

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