THREE players made their Rapid Solicitors Stadium debuts for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Sunday and all three made a big impression.
Brad Singleton, Justin Poore and Reece Lyne all featured in Wakefield’s 38-10 trial game win over Featherstone Rovers and the trio played key roles.
It took marquee signing Poore just five minutes to crash over the line for his first Wakefield try while Reece Lyne, who played centre before switching to the wing in the second half, went one better with a brace of tries.
Singleton, who arrived at Wakefield on a two-month loan from Leeds Rhinos, came off the bench to feature and impressed head coach Richard Agar with his debut performance.
“Singleton showed why there’s such an enormous rating on him, he’s a very skilful kid,” said Agar.
“He knows how to play the game, he’s one of these kids who’s got a really smart football brain. He knows where to be and when to be there and he’s got some little subtleties as a front rower.
“I was really pleased for his first game considering how little preparation time he’s had with us that he performed so well for such a long stint.”
Poore was eager to make amends for his dismissal in the Boxing Day match at Leeds Rhinos and did just that in the opening exchanges, which included his first Wakefield try, before a clash of heads cut short his outing with Wakefield erring on the side of caution.
Lyne’s double try-scoring performance was just as encouraging for Wildcats fans and Agar believes his versatility will be a big benefit for Wakefield.
“Predominantly in his senior career he has played wing and a little bit of full-back but in his junior career he was always a centre,” Agar commented.
“To have that ability to mix between both for us will be very valuable. The more he plays the better he’ll get and he’ll put some real pressure on our three-quarters to make sure they’re performing every week.
“He started on merit today on what he’s done since November 5 [when Wakefield started pre-season training].”
The trio are set to feature again for Wakefield when Agar takes his troops to St Helens on Sunday (kick-off 3pm).
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