Wakefield Wildcats target former State or Origin star Justin Poore as new recruit

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AUSTRALIAN prop Justin Poore has emerged as one of Richard Agar’s targets to bolster his Wakefield Trinity Wildcats squad for 2013.

Agar confirmed to Express Sport last week that he was looking at “three or four” NRL-based players, with former Canberra Raider Trevor Thurling being confirmed as one.

Parramatta Eels player Poore, 27, is another, with his manager Chris Haddad confirming the front-rower is weighing up whether to move abroad to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium or remain in the NRL and take up a reported two-year offer with Newcastle Knights.

Haddad told Sky News in Australia: “We’re just talking to Newcastle and waiting for some final details and we’ve got to hear back from Wakefield.

“It’ll be one of those two clubs.”

Poore has endured an injury-plagued three-year stint with the Eels, who finished bottom of the NRL, and is reported to be unwanted by Parramatta.

He will arrive at Wakefield with plenty of pedigree, however, if Agar does manage to beat the Knights to his signature and get his man.

The Perth-born prop got the nod to play in three State of Origin matches for New South Wales in 2009.

He also spent five largely successful years with St George Illawarra before securing a big-money move to the Eels.

For Wildcats to bring Poore to Super League would therefore mark something of a surprise coup for the club and strengthen their pack options next term.

Wakefield will not be able to secure such a deal until getting overseas players off their current quota, however.

Agar has already confirmed the club is in talks with Australian Steve Southern to “cut short” his deal at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Southern has endured an injury-plagued first year with Wakefield and has also had “one or two private issues to deal with.”

More overseas players will need to follow should Agar fulfil his aim of signing “two if not three” of his Australian-based targets to bolster his options for next season.

The Cats boss is keen to get his quota options sorted out sooner rather than later after admitting that some of his targets “may go off the market” in the meantime.

See this week’s Wakefield Express for all the latest Wakefield Trinity Wildcats news.