WAKEFIELD Wildcats won’t take it easy against Crusaders when the two sides meet at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium this Sunday, according to Cats head coach John Kear.
The Welsh club won’t be playing in the top flight next season after they took the decision to withdraw their application for a new licence earlier this week, while Wildcats were awarded a new franchise spot.
The fixture list has put them together at Belle Vue this weekend and while Wildcats fans celebrate their licence success, Crusaders players and coaches will be wondering just where their futures will be.
Kear is full of sympathy for his fellow rugby league colleagues, but insists Wakefield have every right to celebrate their licence success.
“I do feel sorry for the players and the coaching staff,” said Kear.
“I think some people don’t realise they’re messing with people’s livelihoods and the very essence of their lifestyle. They won’t be able to pay mortgages or make any car purchases, it just puts stress on the whole family and I don’t think people realise that and give it enough consideration, so I’ve a lot of sympathy for them.
“They’ll come here and they’ll want to play well simply out of professional pride and also to put them in the shop window but I do feel sorry for them.
“You don’t want to rub their noses in it but we’ve obviously got to see it from our perspective as well.
“We’ve had a tough 18 months ever since players were sold such as Danny Brough and so on and budgets were cut and then there’s the administration. We had 18 players going over to Catalans and although we’ve tried to recruit, once you get into a season players are tied up and unavailable for various reasons so it’s been really tough on the playing side and the fans have witnessed that and I think the fans have been very loyal and supportive in the main.
“We will enjoy it and I think we’re entitled to but I think we’ve got to have a bit of empathy and a bit of sympathy as well with fellow colleagues and professionals.”
Wakefield will be without captain Glenn Morrison (hand), Matt Blaymire (knee), Luke George (ankle) and Julien Rinaldi (shoulder) for Sunday’s game, while Jarrad Hickey also misses out.
Ben Gledhill is set to return for the weekend, despite being scheduled to feature for Featherstone Rovers on Thursday night, while Russ Spiers and Stuart Howarth are also set to return to first team action.
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