Wakefield Wildcats bolster squad with four new signings

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WAKEFIELD Wildcats have wasted no time in bolstering their squad following Andrew Glover’s takeover of the club by signing four new players, writes Nick Rigg.

Huddersfield Giants duo Greg Johnson and Josh Griffin have penned permanent deals while Craig Harvey and Kyle Amor have signed on loan deals from Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos respectively.

The quartet won’t be involved in the Wildcats’ game at Catalans Dragons this weekend but head coach John Kear is confident they’ll add quality and depth to his squad.

“Greg Johnson is a real exciting winger and I’ve watched him develop through the reserves,” said the Wildcats boss.

“Brad Drew, who coached Huddersfield reserves last year, sort of tipped me the other week that (he) was a pretty good player. So you kept your eye on him, then he came here in pre-season, played for Huddersfield in a trial game and scored two cracking tries and was a real handful so we thought we wouldn’t mind getting him here and we managed to do that.

“Josh Griffin we know full well because he came through our junior system, our under-18 team and then he spent two or three years at Huddersfield and we’re really pleased to welcome Josh back.

“He can play full-back, wing or centre so there’s versatility there.

“Craig Harvey is looked upon as Lee Briers’ successor over at Warrington and I think Warrington feel his development can be accelerated by exposure to the elite competition and I agree with that, but we’ll benefit because he’s a talented player who can contribute.

“Then there’s Kyle Amor who’ll be joining us on Tuesday for a month and he’s a rough tough Cumbrian prop forward, just the type of guy we want.”

Amor arrives at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium initially on a month but Wakefield could look to extend that.

Johnson and Griffin both had their contracts at Huddersfield terminated by mutual consent.

Kear said it was too early for any of the new signings to go straight into his 19-man squad for the trip to France this weekend.

But he could hand out debuts in Wakefield’s first home match of the season against Salford City Reds on Sunday, February 27.

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