Agar sticks with Wakefield Wildcats young guns after fruitless search in loan market

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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats head coach Richard Agar says he will stick with what he has after enduring a fruitless search in the loan market to bolster his injury-hit squad.

Agar will be without five key men - Ali Lauitiiti, Andy Raleigh, Danny Kirmond, Justin Poore and Tim Smith - for the trip to St Helens tomorrow through injury.

The packed treatment room prompted has Agar to look at bringing someone in on a temporary basis to boost his options.

But the Cats boss will keep faith with his young replacements after finding no suitable loan options.

“We’ve had a look around,” he said.

“At this moment in time I’m not too sure there’s heaps out there on the market. You’ve got to remember Easter’s around the corner and a number of squads, particularly the bigger squads, have got their own injury issues at the moment.

“There’s also issues surrounding some overseas players that might be available. The border regulations make it very difficult to get them in on loan.”

Instead, Agar will keep faith with the younger members of his squad, such as Bobby Goulding and Danny Cowling, to plug the gap left by his senior stars.

And the Cats boss is hoping those youngsters, as well as fringe players such as Vince Mellars, Kyle Trout and Matty Wildie, take their chance at Langtree Park.

“There’s not a lot out there that we feel we could bring in over and above giving our own younger squad men the valuable experience and I think that’s a positive that we’ll get out of this.

“I’m not going to bring anybody in for the sake of it I’d sooner given some of our own guys an opportunity.”