Wakefield Wildcats head coach Richard Agar believes tonight’s opponents St Helens will be challenging for honours come the end of the season.
Saints will look for their first home win of the campaign against Wakefield following two defeats and one draw from their first three matches at Langtree Park.
Three wins from as many away games have helped Nathan Brown’s men into fifth in the table ahead of Round 7, however, and Agar believes Saints will continue to improve as Brown irons out his gameplan in his first season in charge.
“They had a really disappointing result and performance in Round 1 but at the start of the season we played a trial game and we came away thinking they are going to be one of the teams that are challenging, and I don’t think any differently,” said the Wildcats boss.
“Perhaps they’ve lost a couple of games that people expected them to win. They have had some changes in key positions and I would also say they’ve probably taken a little bit of a step back to go forward.
“They have adapted a little bit of a style for the time being and concentrated on getting one or two areas in their game right, particularly their offence, before they start to move on.
“With the quality of the players and the impact Nathan is going to have in there I would suggest that they’ll still be right up amongst the contenders when the whips are cracking at the end of the year.”
Despite Saints failing to win any of their opening three home matches, Agar is still wary of the tough challenge that lies ahead for his injury-hit side.
“It’s still a tough place to go and they’ve got some very powerful and good players in the team,” he commented.
“We’ve got to rise to that challenge and I’m looking for the guys within our group that are ready for that challenge.”