Cats starlets stake a claim

Wakefield Wildcats reserves v Bradford reserves.
Wakefield Wildcats reserves v Bradford reserves.

HEAD coach John Kear has drawn from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ talented batch of young players as he prepares to send his team out against in-form Warrington Wolves tonight, Friday.

The Wildcats will run out at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium knowing that they are going up against a Wolves team that has already made a big impression on the Super League XVI season.

Warrington’s impressive 40-24 win over Leeds Rhinos last Saturday showed that they are going to be a force to be reckoned with this season and Kear described Tony Smith’s side as “very high quality”.

He added: “I enjoy watching Wolves and you have to credit them for investing [in players] so wisely.”

Wakefield suffered a 40-18 round four defeat at Bradford Bulls but Kear saw an improved performance from his troops and he wants to build on it, saying: “I can’t fault the players’ effort and that is something I want to encourage.”

Youngsters Greg Johnson and Matt Wildie have been called up to the Wildcats’ 19-man squad following their fine performances in the reserves’ 36-20 victory over Bradford last weekend.

Wildie, 20, ran in a hat-trick of tries and new signing Johnson was also impressive on the wing as the Wildcats’ second string made it two wins from two in the Valvoline Cup.

Kear said: “Greg was a handful on the wing and Matt was first class. He may well figure for the first team this week.”

He added: “The performance of the reserves shows that we have a great batch of youngsters and of the 13 starters last week, 10 would qualify for the U23s team.

“There is a real quality in our young players and that is of a long-term benefit to the club.”

Wildcats 19-man squad: Penny, Murphy, George, Korkidas, Rinaldi, King, Henderson, Morrison, Lee, P Johnson, Dean, Mariano, Howarth, Veivers, Wildie, Hyde, G Johnson, Griffin, Amor.

Wolves 19-man squad: Atkins, Blythe, Bridge, Briers, Carvell, Clarke, Evans, Grix, Harrison, Higham, McCarthy, Mitchell, J Monaghan, M Monaghan, Myler, Riley, Solomona, Westwood, Wood.