WAKEFIELD Wildcats head coach John Kear has revealed he’s looking forward to bringing in some ‘marquee’ players to bolster his young squad for 2012.
The club were awarded a new three-year Super League licence on Tuesday and the Cats boss is already looking at player recruitment for next season.
Wakefield have already been linked with a move for former Leeds Rhinos man Keith Senior after the 35-year-old saw a two-year deal with Crusaders collapse due to the Welsh club’s decision to withdraw from Super League.
And Kear has admitted he’d be interested in signing Senior, as well as more experienced players to complement his talented young squad.
“Keith’s a good player, you don’t play 16 years [in Super League] so he’s got a wealth of experience and that’s been one of the things we’ve missed,” he said.
“We’ve had Glenn Morrison, Julien Rinaldi and Michael Korkidas who’ve got a fair bit of SL experience but everyone else has been rookies basically so we do need some experienced players, some marquee players to sit alongside some of these good young players who are coming through.”
Should Senior fit the bill for Wildcats? “I think so yes,” said Kear.
“How many Super League titles has he won, he’s won the Challenge Cup, he’s played for Great Britain on numerous occasions, he’s been in Super League dream teams. He’s quality and I’ve obviously followed his career with interest because I was lucky enough to work with him in the infancy of his career and it’s been great to see how he’s developed into an accomplished, high quality rugby league player.”
Wakefield’s highly-rated young players Aaron Murphy and Luke George were both linked with moves away from the Rapid Solicitors Stadium had Wakefield not been awarded a Super League franchise.
But Kear is hoping the club can now stop being a selling club in light of the franchise decision and the arrival of Andrew Glover as chairman.
“Luke’s out of contract anyway so it’s up to Luke but Aaron Murphy is under contract so the only way he’ll be going anywhere is if they get their hands in their deep pockets,” said Kear.
“I would hope as well we are, as a club, going away from being a selling club so we’re not developing players and improving players simply to provide them for other teams to benefit.”
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