Agar’s Hull FC departure fuels Wakefield Wildcats links

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HULL FC have confirmed head coach Richard Agar will leave the club at the end of the season - fuelling speculation that he’ll be named as Wakefield Wildcats’ new head coach by the end of the week.

The 39-year-old has led the Black and Whites to the play-offs this season but he will not feature in the club’s new coaching structure in 2012, which includes the appointment of Shaun McRae as director of rugby.

Agar is one of a host of names linked with the soon-to-be-vacated hotseat at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium and the news will only increase speculation that he’s Wakefield bound.

Wildcats issued a statement yesterday confirming they’ve interviewed seven candidates for the role and that they hope to make a decision “in the next few days”.

On his departure, Agar told FC’s official website: “It has been a fantastic experience to work for Hull FC over the last seven years. I consider it an honour to have worked with the players and staff of this great club.

“I leave with pride that we have built a quality squad and culture. I have numerous happy memories and the two Challenge Cup Finals and the Grand Final are obvious highlights. I would like to wish the Directors, players, staff and fans all the very best for the future”.

Last month Agar poured cold water over reports linking him with a move to Wakefield in the League Express.

He said: “The suggestions are that our new owner Adam Pearson has asked me to become a directory of rugby, which isn’t true.

He continued: “So there is absolutely no question of me leaving, or of my role changing at the KC Stadium.

“I don’t know where that particular story came from, but it isn’t true.”

Wakefield have been searching for a new head coach since the announcement that John Kear would leave the Rapid Solicitors Stadium at the end of the current campaign.

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