Wakefield Wildcats: Loan market to be crucial for Wildcats in 2014

LOAN STAR: Paul Sykes arrived at Wakefield on a loan deal before signing a full deal.
LOAN STAR: Paul Sykes arrived at Wakefield on a loan deal before signing a full deal.

Wakefield Wildcats are hoping to make successful use of the loan market to bolster their squad for 2014.

Wildcats will operate on a reduced playing budget next season and chairman Michael Carter says loan deals could be key next year.

“I think the loan market will be a big thing for us next year,” he said.

“I’ve had discussions not only with Leeds, but with St Helens with the Kyle Amor deal.

“I spoke to them and asked if there’s anyone they feel can get some experience with us next year. No names were mentioned but I said we’ll talk more in November or December time.”

Wakefield made good use of the loan market in 2012 with players such as Paul Sykes and Lee Smith arriving and eventually penning permanent deals.

Kyle Amor was also a loan addition before Wildcats made his stay permanent.

“Kyle came on loan and hardly anyone had heard of him,” said Carter.

“He’s kick-started his career with us where he’s now one of the best props in the British game, and going on to Saints will probably only help him get better.”

The club will not be restricted to loans, however, and Wakefield are still trying to entice experienced Super League players to the club.

Wildcats were in for Jamie Langley but the former Normanton Knight opted for a move to Hull KR instead, although Carter says Wakefield were “not a million miles away” from agreeing terms.

“I don’t think we were particularly that far away from him in terms of monetary value,” he said.