WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats are set to make Richie Mathers their next permanent signing for 2013.
Wildcats have been hard at work trying to strike a deal with neighbours Castleford Tigers for the full-back after he enjoyed a successful season-long loan spell at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium this year.
The former Leeds Rhino is two years into a three-year deal with the Tigers but fell out of favour after one season at the Probiz Coliseum.
Wakefield have been trying to come to an agreement with Mathers, who is keen to make the move permanent, and Tigers for a number of weeks.
It is understood all parties have now come to an agreement and a deal to sign the 28-year-old is in its latter stages.
Mathers was a key cog in Wakefield’s impressive 2012 campaign, featuring 27 times in all competitions at full-back and scoring 32 points along the way to help Wildcats into the Super League play-offs.
He is set to become the third Wakefield player from last season to commit his future to the club.
Kyle Amor agreed to stay despite a clause in his contract allowing him a move back to Leeds Rhinos, while Paul Sykes penned a one-year deal after impressing on loan.
Wildcats boss Richard Agar is still hard at work on bringing new players to the club and reports in Australia suggest Wakefield are now favourites to sign Parramatta Eels prop Justin Poore ahead of NRL side Newcastle Knights.
Poore’s manager Chris Haddad has already confirmed Knights and Wildcats have been in talks with him.
Agar has also confirmed an interest in Trevor Thurling while Mose Masoe, the Sydney Roosters prop, has been linked with Wakefield.
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