THE threat posed by a Sean Long-inspired attack is a concern for Richard Agar as Wakefield Trinity Wildcats prepare for the visit of Salford City Reds on Saturday.
Trinity boss Agar told the Wakefield Express this week that his team’s “defence has been way down on where it needs to be” following a run of four straight defeats.
And he admits that Reds’ visit to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium in Stobart Super League round 12 is “a really important game for us in front of our own fans, on the back of out most disappointing period of the season.”
Salford’s assistant coach Long played under Agar at Hull FC before the former Great Britain and England half-back announced his retirement in 2011 and Agar is aware of the influence that Long will have on Saturday’s opponents.
Agar said: “There is a strong influence from [Long] within the way Salford are playing at the moment.
“He is a guy who has got a terrific eye for the game and can pick some really good things in and out of the side.
“Their attack is structured really well. I think they are a really competent team with some touches of class in there as well.”
When asked if Long is a head coach of the future, Agar replied: “I think there is no doubt that he has the knowledge, passion and desire for it but it’s very early days for him.
“Does he want to progress to be a head coach? You would have to ask him that and obviously being a head coach is very different.
“There are a lot of different things you have to take on within that role and I don’t know if he is quite mad enough to take that on.”
Agar added: “He has got a very smart rugby league brain. You will probably find him within the game at some level for a very long time.”
Read today’s Wakefield Express for more build up to the Wakefield Wildcats’ clash with Salford City Reds.